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Disgraced Pennsylvania Attorney General Stepping Down After Conviction

Roland Mccarthy | 20 August, 2016, 00:21

Then, Kane lied about her involvement in the leak.

Pennsylvania State Attorney General Kathleen Kane was supposed to enforce the law, not break it.

Kane contends that when she investigated the case, she uncovered a trove of government email accounts in which high-level state officials traded pornography and bigoted jokes about women and minorities. He testified Kane told him it was no big deal.

Castor also has been a central figure in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby. Kane apparently wanted revenge against Fina, but violated the law in the process, according to Montgomery County District Attorney (DA) Kevin R. Steele. In February, a judge in the Cosby case rejected Castor's claim.

When she took office four years ago Kathleen Kane, the first Democrat and first woman elected Pennsylvania attorney general, was thought to have a promising political career ahead of her.

Fellow Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf, declaring it a "sad day for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania", urged her to step down immediately. But there were times the testimony veered into what prosecutors called Kane's taste for "cloak-and-dagger" techniques.

But defense lawyer Gerald L. Shargel hinted at an appeal, saying Kane's defense team would "fight to the end".

An aide for Kane testified during the trial that she became "hell-bent on getting back at Frank Fina", and described her behaviour as "unhinged".

"[Bill Clinton] thereby reminded Pennsylvanians and Washington political-watchers that the Clinton machine still has big game in a big state-and that Kane was their girl", Zito wrote.

She ran as an outsider who promised to disrupt the status quo, financed by campaign cash from her then-husband's family trucking fortune.

"Kathleen is a great Democrat who understands that an Attorney General's job is to stand up for consumers and people", Clinton said in a press release at the time. She is no longer allowed to practice law after being stripped of her license. "I'm glad that the commonwealth will have a new attorney general that can begin to fix the damage done to that office", Christiana said.

The governor said he will work with Republican and Democratic leaders in the state Senate to fill Kane's vacancy.

Bruce Castor has been serving as Kathleen Kane's second-in-command for several months.

But on Monday, she was found guilty of nine charges, including perjury and obstruction. "She is not a lawyer to be trifled with".

News's website posted the Associated Press's write-up on the state attorney general early on Tuesday morning. 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. Prosecutors said she blamed Fina for that story.

But her career took a turn when she found herself entangled in a web of scandal, payback, and political rivalry that led to criminal charges past year.

She called for the release of the emails, but the move was blocked by state court Judge William Carpenter under what Kane called "a tortured interpretation of our state's grand jury secrecy law".


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