Pennsylvania AG asks justices to step in, week before trial

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Posted: Aug 01, 2016 6:20 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor wants the state's highest court to throw out her own criminal charges, arguing that the grand jury that investigated her was unlawful and unconstitutional.

Lawyers for Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane asked the Supreme Court Monday to step in, one week before her trial is scheduled to get underway in a suburban Philadelphia courthouse.

Kane argues in the filing that the lawyer who served as special prosecutor and ran the grand jury had no authority to act as a prosecutor.

She's accused of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it under oath.

The Supreme Court in March 2015 ruled that a county judge had legal authority to appoint the special prosecutor in Kane's case.

The justices haven't said whether they will take up Kane's request.