Ex-Pennsylvania top prosecutor convicted of perjury may begin sentence soon

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(Reuters) – Prosecutors asked a judge on Tuesday to revoke bail for a former Pennsylvania attorney general after the state’s top court denied her final appeal, clearing the way for her to begin serving a jail sentence for perjury and other crimes.

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaves in handcuffs after her sentencing on felony perjury charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Dan Gleiter/Pool

A jury convicted Kathleen Kane in 2016 of leaking secret grand jury information to the media to embarrass a former state prosecutor and then lying about it to investigators. She was sentenced to serve 10 to 23 months in jail.

Kane was the first woman and the first Democrat to be elected as Pennsylvania’s attorney general, a role that first became an elective office in 1980. She resigned two days after the conviction and was released on bail pending her appeal.

On Monday, the state Supreme Court denied Kane’s petition for an appeal hearing.

With appeal options exhausted, the Montgomery County district attorney’s office filed a motion on Tuesday with Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, who presided at Kane’s trial in the county’s Court of Common Pleas, to revoke bail for Kane.

Kane “no longer has any right to bail,” the motion said. “In fact, the law forbids it.”

The judge will next set a time and date to report to jail, Kate Delano, the district attorney’s spokeswoman, said.

Neither Kane nor her lawyer could be reached immediately for comment.

Kane was accused of giving information from a grand jury proceeding in 2013 to a Philadelphia Daily News reporter to retaliate against a former state prosecutor, Frank Fina.

She believed Fina had told the Philadelphia Inquirer about her decision to drop prosecution of a case that he had developed against six black Democratic legislators in Philadelphia.

Grand jury information is bound by secrecy. Kane’s lawyers argued that Kane had intended only to legally leak information, and was unaware her aides would also include grand jury material.

The jury convicted Kane on charges of perjury, false swearing, obstruction of justice, official oppression and conspiracy.

Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by David Gregorio and Bill Trott

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