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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Found Guilty on All Charges in Perjury Trial
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/16/16 1:37 am | updated: 08/16/16 1:37 am
 
Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer has been convicted on all nine counts in her perjury and obstruction case. Kathleen Kane was accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the press out of revenge and lying about it in front of another grand jury. She was found guilty of felony perjury and several misdemeanors including conspiracy, official oppression and false swearing.

The jury heard closing arguments on Monday morning and were officially charged later Monday afternoon. They spent only a few hours in the jury room before announcing the verdict in the evening. The defense did not call any witnesses or present any evidence at trial. During closing arguments, defense lawyer attempted to discredit the prosecution's witnesses to which the prosecution responded by pointing out they were all Kane's closest aides.

Kane will remain free on bail but had to surrender her passport. The judge also made it clear that if she retaliates against anyone, her bail would be revoked immediately and Kane would be incarcerated. In Pennsylvania, she technically can remain in office until sentencing in 90 days. Kane's lawyers did say they would appeal. They also said that they were wrong not to call witnesses.

Kane was the first Democrat and the first woman to be elected to the office of attorney general. She is not seeking re-election this year.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a statement:

"Today is a sad day for the commonwealth and the people of Pennsylvania. Attorney General Kane has been convicted of serious charges. These are unbecoming of the commonwealth’s top law enforcement officer.

As I have made clear, I do not believe Kathleen Kane should be Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I believed this when she was charged, and today, after conviction, there should be no question that she should resign immediately.

While there is no simple procedure to remove a civil officer, the Office of Attorney General and its employees, as well as the people of Pennsylvania deserve to move on. I implore Attorney General Kane to do what is right: put the commonwealth’s residents first and step down from office."

 
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