Pennsylvania attorney general found guilty of perjury, obstruction of justice

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was found guilty Monday of perjury and obstruction of justice abruptly ending a once-promising political career.

A jury found the state’s first female attorney general guilty of two counts of perjury, also criminal conspiracy, leaking grand jury information and multiple other misdemeanor counts of abuse of power. All of it, prosecutors argued, to carry out a vendetta against her political enemy.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele successfully made the case Kane orchestrated the planting of a 2014 story about leaked grand jury documents in order to hurt the career of former state prosecutor Frank Fina, then covered up her actions.

Kane, 50, won her job in a landslide four years ago. Gov. Tom Wolf called for Kane to step down after her arrest. After Monday’s decision, Wolf said she resign immediately. Kane’s lawyer Gerald Shargel has not said if Kane would resign while the case is being appealed.

Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy warned Kane any attempt to retaliate against witnesses would mean her immediate arrest.

“There is to be absolutely no retaliation of any kind against any witness in this case, either by your own devices, from your own mouth or your hand, or directing anybody to do anything,” the judge said. “Is that clear, Ms. Kane?”

“Yes it is, your honor,” Kane said.

The judge said sentencing will take place within 90 days.

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