Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was once played up as a potential United States Senator. On Monday, her political career evaporated.
Back in 2014, Kane was the subject of a tough story from The Philadelphia Inquirer, titled: “Sources: Kathleen Kane shut down probe of Philly Democrats.”
According to CNN, Kane was furious, saying “I will not allow them to discredit me or our office.” She then took action. According to the criminal complaint, she proceeded to leak grand jury documents in retaliation:
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, a Republican who filed the charges against Kane, said that Kane had “devised a scheme to secretly leak confidential information and secret grand jury materials” for retribution against Fina. Montgomery County is just north of Philadelphia.
The scheme was reportedly to get back at people who’d made “her look bad”:
Ferman said Kane did this “in the hopes of embarrassing and harming former state prosecutors whom she believed, without evidence, had made her look bad.”
The other charges brought by Ferman allege that Kane then lied under oath to a grand jury about knowledge of the 2009 documents and her involvement in leaking them to journalists, among other things, to help cover up the crime.
On Monday, the hammer came down, and Kane was found guilty on nine criminal charges.
According to The New York Times, the judge also had a stinging message for Kane:
When Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy returned to the courtroom, she turned directly to Ms. Kane with a stern warning, her words slicing through the silence.
“There is to be absolutely no retaliation of any kind against any witness in this case, either by your own devices, from your own mouth or your hand, or directing anybody to do anything,” the judge said. She threatened Ms. Kane, who is currently free on bail, with immediate incarceration if she failed to comply.
“Is that clear, Ms. Kane?” the judge asked.
“Yes it is, your honor,” Ms. Kane said.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has called on Kane to step down immediately. She is required by law to resign upon sentencing.
As the New York Times notes, her two felony perjury convictions could each land her seven years in prison.