Pennsylvania's Ex-Attorney General Learns Her Fate

Kathleen Kane sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2016 2:46 PM CDT
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives at the Montgomery County courthouse for her scheduled sentencing hearing in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.   (Matt Rourke)
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(Newser) – Pennsylvania's former attorney general has been sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and then lying about it under oath, the AP reports. Kathleen Kane, the first woman and the first Democrat elected as the state's top prosecutor, was also sentenced Monday to eight years of probation. In the final year of her first term, the 50-year-old was convicted Aug. 15 of two felony charges of perjury and seven misdemeanor charges. She resigned the next day. Kane's lawyers had argued the loss of her career, law license and reputation was punishment enough. They said she needed to be home to raise her two sons, ages 14 and 15. But the judge told Kane her children were "collateral damages" of her own actions. (Read more Kathleen Kane stories.)

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