PA AG Quitting After Perjury, Obstruction Convictions

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is resigning her position after her conviction for perjury, obstruction, and other crimes in an illegal vendetta against an enemy, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Four years after her landslide election as the first female attorney general, a jury of six men and six women found her guilty of all charges. Kane, 50, a Democrat, will be sentenced on Oct. 24. She was not seeking another four-year term.

Gov. Tom Wolf called the conviction “a sad day for the commonwealth.” Vying for the attorney general’s job in the November election are Josh Shapiro, a former Democratic state legislator, and Republican State Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County. Prosecutor Kevin Steele convinced jurors that she orchestrated the illegal leak of secret grand jury documents to plant a 2014 story critical of her nemesis, former state prosecutor Frank Fina. Ms. Kane then lied about her actions under oath, the jury found. Her lawyer, Gerald Shargel, vowed to appeal.

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