Prosecutor is leaving Frederick County to work on federal cases

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25 Nov. Kyle Kane, an assistant state attorney in the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, is leaving the county to become a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of West Virginia.

“I’m so excited to get to work on these high-end things and these long-term things, and really, you know, take it a step further in what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis,” Kane said.

Kane has been a lawyer in the Frederick’s County Narcotics Unit since 2019. He has worked on drug investigations, handled murder cases and argued in rape trials. Prior to that, he worked at the district court and worked mainly on juvenile cases, he said.

In Martinsburg, where the Northern District of West Virginia office is, he will join a general criminal unit, he said.

Since he hasn’t started yet, he doesn’t know exactly what kind of business he’s going to work on yet. However, he has heard that the Eastern Panhandle and the state of West Virginia have been struggling recently with drug and gun trafficking, he said.

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“What the [Martinsburg] office is currently focusing on drugs and guns,” he said.

Kane said he always knew he wanted to go to law school and become a lawyer. He said that was his way of doing good in the world.

As a clerk watching several lawyers argue in the courtroom, he said, he knew he wanted to be there.

He recalled thinking, “I know I want to be in court. I want to litigate.”

And Kane has successfully pleaded many cases since joining the prosecution in 2015.

Kane said he’s not the kind of lawyer to deliver a “devastating closing argument,” but he has a good investigative and strategic mind that helps build solid cases.

In an email to the News-Post, Frederick County Attorney Charlie Smith praised Kane’s work.

“The investigation and prosecution of gang cases involve many challenges, including recalling witnesses, intimidated bystanders, and unsympathetic victims. Yet Kyle has handled these cases without batting an eyelid,” Smith wrote. “He will make an excellent federal prosecutor.”

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A lawyer’s job isn’t as glamorous as people think, Kane said. He’s only ever had a dramatic moment where he yells, “I object!” maybe twice in court. But that doesn’t mean it’s without reward, he said.

Cases involving young people coming out of the justice system were always special, he said. There have also been convictions in drug court that end up being a happy moment for an individual and his family, he said.

“Those are the moments you think would always be and they are few and far between,” he said. “So they’re really special when they happen.”

While he couldn’t talk about the case he was most proud of, Kane shared the one he felt was the most notable in his career and had the greatest impact on him.

Kane and assistant state attorney Tammy Leache worked together on the case of Travis Eddins, 42, who was convicted of raping a woman in August 2018. In June 2019, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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That sentence was fulfilled, he said.

“It’s going to follow [the victim] forever,” he said. “We have to meet the family. We must meet her. And it really felt like you were doing something for someone to get them to close something horrible in their life.”

And as he looks forward to the new chapter in his career, Kane said it’s bittersweet to leave the prosecutor’s office.

He will remain a member of the Frederick County Bar Association, but he will miss the legal community at the courthouse, he said.

“You go to the courtrooms and you can just walk around and joke with defense attorneys and police and everyone who is there on a daily basis,” he said. “I’m going to miss that stuff.”

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