Kane Leaves As PA AG; Says She Has ‘No Regrets’

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Kathleen Kane. Press photo via Flickr

Kathleen Kane. Press photo via Flickr

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigned from her office yesterday after what the Philadelphia Inquirer calls “a tumultuous tenure marked by missteps and petty personal vendettas that culminated with her conviction Monday for abusing the powers of her office.” Kane said, “I have no regrets. I hope that people see that we’ve done our best. . . . And, you know, sometimes the price is high.”

A jury found that Kane orchestrated the leak of secret grand jury information to discredit a former state prosecutor, Frank Fina, whom she believed had been the source for an Inquirer story that raised questions about her decision to shut down an undercover corruption probe. Kane believes Fina and others in the “good old boy network” manufactured the case against her to prevent her from exposing a trove of pornographic emails she found on her office’s computer servers. Kane was unsuccessful in persuading the judge to allow her to use the email scandal in her defense. “We have been denied the opportunity to mount a full defense,” said her attorney, Gerald Shargel, adding that, “We will fight that to the end.”

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