The Latest: Pennsylvania prosecutor arraigned on charges

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Posted: Aug 08, 2015 3:07 PM
The Latest: Pennsylvania prosecutor arraigned on charges

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The latest in the arraignment of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):

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2:40 p.m.

A suburban Philadelphia prosecutor calls the case against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane "an important case for the citizens of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele spoke after Kane's arraignment Saturday on charges including a felony count of perjury.

But Steele said it was a "sad day" in that "there's been arraignment now for the chief law enforcement officer in the state."

Kane didn't enter a plea during the brief proceedings. A judge set an Aug. 24 preliminary hearing.

The 49-year-old Kane maintains she is innocent amid growing calls for her resignation from editorialists and fellow Democrats, including Gov. Tom Wolf.

Prosecutors say Kane leaked grand jury information to a newspaper to get even with a former state prosecutor she thought made her look bad. They also say she enlisted aides to spy on office employees and others to keep tabs on a grand jury probe into the leak.

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2:15 p.m.

A judge has set a preliminary hearing for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on charges including a felony count of perjury.

Kane did not enter a plea during her five-minute arraignment Saturday in a Montgomery County courtroom and did not speak other than to respond to the judge yes or no.

Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar set a preliminary hearing for Aug. 24 and set bail for $10,000 unsecured bond.

The 49-year-old Kane maintains she is innocent amid growing calls for her resignation from editorialists and fellow Democrats, including Gov. Tom Wolf.

Prosecutors say Kane leaked grand jury information to a newspaper to get even with a former state prosecutor she thought made her look bad. They also say she enlisted aides to spy on office employees and others to keep tabs on a grand jury probe into the leak.

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1:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is in suburban Philadelphia for her first appearance as a criminal defendant rather than the commonwealth's top prosecutor.

Kane arrived at the Montgomery County detectives bureau on Saturday afternoon for processing on charges including a felony count of perjury, smiling at reporters but saying nothing. She was to be arraigned shortly afterward by closed-circuit television before a district judge nearly 10 miles away.

Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information through an operative to a newspaper reporter as payback for a former state prosecutor she thought made her look bad, and then lying about her actions under oath.

Prosecutors say she also enlisted aides to spy on office employees and keep tabs on a grand jury probe into the leak.

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3 a.m.

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor is taking on the new role of criminal defendant.

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is to be arraigned Saturday in the Philadelphia suburb of Montgomery County on charges that she leaked secret grand jury information and then lied about it.

The 49-year-old Kane is the first woman and first Democrat to be elected Pennsylvania's attorney general. She maintains she is innocent amid growing calls for her resignation from editorialists and fellow Democrats, including Gov. Tom Wolf.

Prosecutors say Kane leaked grand jury information to a newspaper to get even with a former state prosecutor she thought made her look bad. They also say she enlisted aides to spy on office employees and others to keep tabs on a grand jury probe into the leak.