Pennsylvania's AG Resigns After Perjury Conviction

Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor announced today that she will resign from her office. Attorney General Kathleen Kane made the announcement one day after a jury found her guilty of nine criminal charges, including two counts of counts of perjury, a felony. Her resignation will be effective at the close of the business day on Wednesday.

Kathleen Kane (NBC News photo)

Kathleen Kane (NBC News photo)

Kane, a Democrat, was elected to the statewide post in 2012. She was accused of leaking confidential information about grand jury proceedings to the news media. It was alleged that Kane leaked the information in an attempt to harm Frank Fina, her predecessor. Prosecutors said that Kane later attempted to cover up the leak, then lied to a grand jury about what she had done. According to CNN, Kane claimed that the entire episode began with a series of offensive emails from the office of former attorney general Tom Corbett, who was elected governor in 2010.

A jury found Kane guilty of two counts of felony perjury as well as obstruction of justice, false swearing, and other misdemeanor charges. The next step in the trial will be a sentencing hearing. Kane is facing as many as seven years in prison on each of the perjury charges.

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