Another legal setback for former Pa. attorney general Kathleen Kane

Jim Melwert
May 25, 2018 - 1:04 pm

Jim Melwert | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Former Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane was convicted of perjury and obstruction, but she’s been free on bail pending an appeal.

Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld Kathleen Kane’s 2016 conviction on charges she leaked confidential grand jury information then lied under oath to cover it up.

The court rejected Kane’s claims she was the victim of selective and vindictive prosecution, pointing out those are two very different things and neither, the court says, applies to Kane.

The court also says a Montgomery County judge was correct in ruling Kane could not present pornographic emails traded among former assistant attorneys general.

The discovery of those emails sparked the so-called “porngate” scandal, but the trial judge ruled they would simply mislead the jury.

In October 2016, Kane was sentenced to 10-23 months in state prison, but she was allowed to remain free on bail pending her appeal.

Kane could still petition the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take on that appeal, but a denial of that appeal would trigger a turn-in date to begin serving her sentence.