Kathleen Kane, once a rising star in Pennsylvania politics, said Tuesday that she will resign as the state’s attorney general after she was found guilty of nine criminal charges, including two felony perjury counts.
“I have been honored to serve the people of
Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days,” the
first-term Democrat said in a statement the afternoon after her
Kane, who was elected in 2012, was accused of leaking
information to the media about a 2009 grand jury probe as a way to get
back at Frank Fina, a political rival and former state prosecutor.
Prosecutors said Kane masterminded the leak and a subsequent coverup — and then lied to a grand jury about it.
hearing days of dramatic testimony, a 12-person jury in Pennsylvania’s
Montgomery County agreed with prosecutors, finding Kane guilty Monday of
two counts of felony perjury, as well as obstruction, false swearing
and other misdemeanor charges.
Kane, 50, faces up to seven years
in prison on each of the felony perjury charges. Under state law, she
was required to resign by the day of her sentencing.
seemed we had somebody who felt she was above the law,” Montgomery
County District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters outside the
courtroom after the verdict was delivered. “This was about the defendant
going before a grand jury in Montgomery County and lying to that grand
The evidence was overwhelming in that regard.”
Calls for Kane to resign had mounted soon after the verdict was delivered late Monday.
Gov. Tom Wolf (D) called it a “sad day” for the state and said “there
should be no question” Kane should resign immediately, according to PennLive.com.
Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry joined the chorus of those denouncing Kane’s actions.
she did while she was the attorney general, the fact she would commit
criminal acts while the top prosecutor, is a disgrace,” Henry said after
On Tuesday, after Kane’s announcement, Wolf, the governor, said “her decision to resign is the right one, and will allow the people of Pennsylvania to finally move on from this situation.” (Click to Continue)
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigns after criminal conviction