Top Prosecutor in Pennsylvania Convicted of Perjury

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

A jury in Norristown on Monday convicted the Democrat from blue-collar Scranton on nine counts of perjury, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, official oppression and false swearing.

The entire episode, Kane claimed, began with a series of "pornographic, racial and religiously offensive emails" from the office of former Attorney General Tom Corbett - who was elected governor in 2010 - and uncovered in an investigation.

And she certainly didn't exude sympathy for Kane Monday night, in threatening her with an immediate revocation of bail in the event of any direct or indirect reports of retaliation by witnesses in the trial.

"I will concentrate my full attention on ensuring Pennsylvania is a safer place for all of us by restoring integrity to the Office of Attorney General, attacking the heroin epidemic and going after predators who are preying on our children and seniors". Morrow gave it to the Philadelphia Daily News, which worked on the story while Kane grew impatient, according to text messages shown in court.

"The conviction on all counts was a crushing blow - I'm not going to say otherwise", said Gerald Shargel, an attorney for Kane.

Under the state Constitution, Ms. Kane would have been required to resign on the day of her sentencing.

Wolf can appoint a replacement for the remainder of Kane's term, with Senate approval, but he's giving no details about any plan to do so.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat, renewed his previous calls for Kane to step down.

Her announcement came amid calls for her to step down and as lawmakers prepared to force her from the office, where she earned a $158,764 a year salary. The case was part of a larger web of scandal and political rivalries that led to several state officials, including including two State Supreme Court justices, losing their jobs.

"It is time to bring honor and respect back to the Office of the Attorney General", Gleason said.

Metcalfe put Kane in his crosshairs when she declined to defend a state law defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

Kane doesn't have to resign immediately and could potentially stay in office through January 17, when a new attorney general will be sworn in. In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully for attorney general. Morrow, who was granted immunity, said he and Kane lied to a grand jury about the matter. She is no longer allowed to practice law after being stripped of her license.

District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said it was "a sad day for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania" when an attorney general is convicted "of crimes involving an abuse of power and lying under oath".

Her conviction followed multiple controversies surrounding Kane's office in recent years - including her decision to shut down a government anti-corruption investigation in 2014 and a racy email scandal last year, dubbed "porngate" by some news outlets.

Democrat Kane was elected in 2012. But Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy barred Kane's lawyers from introducing any evidence that the prosecution was vindictive and selective.

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