Pa. Supreme Court declines former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's appeal

Jim Melwert
November 26, 2018 - 5:43 pm
Her fall from grace made national headlines. Now former Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen is one step closer to prison…as her last shot at an appeal of her conviction on perjury and obstruction has been denied.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is one step closer to prison as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to take on her appeal. 

Kathleen Kane requested Pennsylvania Supreme Court hear her appeal in May, after the state Superior Court upheld her 2016 conviction on perjury and obstruction for leaking privileged grand jury information then lying under oath to try to cover it up.

She argued in Superior Court that she should have been allowed to present pornographic emails from two former assistant attorneys general. The discovery of those emails uncorked the so-called “Porngate scandal.” 

But Superior Court agreed with a Montgomery County judge who decided those emails would simply mislead the jury.

Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in county prison in October 2016, but has been free on bail pending her appeal.

A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office says they will now file to revoke bail. 

That could happen one of two ways: Kane’s lawyers could negotiate a report date, or the trial judge in Montgomery County could set a date and time.