A jury found Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane guilty on all counts of perjury and obstruction in a trial late Monday evening. She leaked secret criminal files and then lied about it in order to carry out revenge on a rival. Kane lost her law license over the charges.
Kane showed little emotion or regret as the jury convicted her on all nine counts, including two felony perjury counts. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat, renewed his previous calls for Kane to step down in a released 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.”
Once-trusted aides testified against Kane. One of her political operatives described being secretly taken to a parking garage, stripped of his phone, keys and wallet and searched for a recording device extensively before a lunch meeting with Kane.
The consultant, Josh Morrow, admitted lying to the grand jury to protect Kane after they had fabricated a cover story, which would frame her chief deputy for the leak. Morrow was granted immunity for his testimony in fear of his life from Kane.
“Kathleen and I came up with a story, about what I was going to testify to and what she was going to testify to,” Morrow admitted last week.
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