Jury finds Pa. AG Kathleen Kane guilty on all charges

A jury finds Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane guilty on all counts of perjury and obstruction after deliberating for more than four hours Monday. (AP File Photo)

UPDATE (10p) -- Defense lawyers for Pennsylvania's convicted attorney general say she'll decide within days whether to resign from office before her term expires in January.

Lawyer Gerald Shargel calls the guilty verdict on all nine counts against Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane in a perjury case "a crushing blow" but vows to appeal.

Shargel says Kane's defense was compromised by a ruling that barred discussion of her investigation of offensive emails found on state computers. Kane insists the charges were payback for her attack on an "old-boys network" in state government.

Trial prosecutor Michelle Henry says the crimes committed by the state's top law enforcement officer are "a disgrace."

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says Kane should resign now.


UPDATE (9:20 p.m.) -- A judge overseeing the perjury trial of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she will jail Kane if she sees any sign of witness retaliation following Kane's felony perjury conviction.

The judge also suggested Kane may be a flight risk and ordered her to surrender her passport Monday night. The judge says it concerns her Kane left her office in chaos to go to Haiti for a week with her sister and other office employees. She says Kane left no one "watching the store."

Kane remains on personal recognizance bail pending a sentence expected within 90 days.

A defense lawyer has vowed to appeal.

Governor Tom Wolf released the following 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.”

Also, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) released a statement Monday night after the conviction of Kane:

"Pennsylvania cannot have a top law enforcement officer who is convicted of breaking the laws she was elected to enforce. Legislative leaders, both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the governor have called on Ms. Kane to step down for more than a year. With the heroin epidemic endangering the lives of our residents on a daily basis, and ongoing battles against organized crime and child predators, the people of this state deserve and need a functional attorney general.
"It is past time for this saga to end, and it is time Ms. Kane puts the interests of the people of Pennsylvania before her own. It is time for Ms. Kane to resign."


NORRISTOWN -- Pennsylvania's attorney general has been convicted of all nine counts in a perjury and obstruction case related to a grand jury leak.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane showed little emotion as jurors announced their verdict late Monday.

The jurors agreed the first-term Democrat leaked information about a 2009 grand jury probe to embarrass a rival prosecutor.

Prosecutors say Kane orchestrated a cover-up of the leak and lied to a grand jury about it.

Two former top aides testified against Kane and said they helped get the documents to the reporter.

Kane did not testify or put on any defense witnesses. Her lawyers say she is the victim of an "old-boys network" that shared pornography on state government computers.

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