Crime

Pennsylvania Attorney General Convicted In Perjury Case

| by Ray Brown
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was convicted of perjury and criminal conspiracy after she leaked information about a grand jury to embarrass a political rival.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania called it a "sad day" for his state, and said "There should be no question" that Kane, a fellow Democrat, should resign immediately. She announced her plans to resign on Aug. 16, reports The Associated Press.

After the verdict was read on Aug. 15, Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said Kane was a flight risk and ordered her to surrender her passport. Demchick-Alloy also warned Kane not to retaliate against those who testified against her.

“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, according to The New York Times.

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Kane's case goes back to 2014, when she leaked grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News as retaliation against prosecutor, Frank Fina, whom she believed had been the source behind a story criticizing her for stopping an investigation into corruption allegedly conducted by Democratic state representatives, reported The New York Times.

The grand jury information Kane leaked was about the financial affairs of J. Whyatt Mondesire, a former NAACP leader, whom Fina chose not to prosecute.

Kane's defense attorneys argued that she didn't order the leak and wouldn't risk her career by doing so. Rather, she blamed her aides for leaking the information. But those aides ended up testifying against her and said she orchestrated the leak for revenge on Fina.

Mondesire died in 2015 from a brain aneurysm while he was undergoing dialysis treatment, according to PennLive.

Kane lied about the leak and then coerced her aides to cover it up.

"The conviction on all counts ... was a crushing blow, but we have not lost our resolve," said defense lawyer Gerald Shargel, according to AP.

Her defense lawyer said she plans to appeal the verdict.

Kane currently faces prison time for the conviction.

Sources: AP via NBC News, The New York Times (2), PennLive / Photo credit: Michael Kubell/The Morning Call

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