Pennsylvania AG guilty on nine counts of perjury, obstruction of justice

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigned her office effective August 17, following a conviction on nine criminal counts Tuesday.

A statement released by her office read:

“I have been honored to serve the people of Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days.”

Kane vowed to appeal the convictions.

Found guilty on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, Kane was alleged to have retaliated against a political foe after an article suggesting Kane was slack in prosecuting members of her own political party appeared in a Philadelphia newspaper.

After an article in The Philadelphia Daily News accompanied by state memos detailing an official investigation indicating the Keystone State’s top prosecutor was delaying prosecution of fellow Democrats, Kane is said to have leaked secret grand jury testimony with the intent of damaging fellow prosecutor, Frank Fina.

Describing Kane as “unhinged,” an aide later testified the former Attorney General ordered underlings in her office to leak damaging information about Fina to the media and later is alleged to have perjured herself when questioned by prosecutors investigating the matter.

Upon her conviction, Kane resigned.  She is due to be sentenced in October.


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