Office of convicted Pennsylvania AG to outline future plans

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 11:24 AM

By David DeKok

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will hold a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, the day after she was convicted of perjury and other charges, to discuss the agency's future.

Bruce Castor, Kane's second-in-command, is scheduled to meet with reporters at 3:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT), raising speculation that Kane would announce her resignation. A spokesman for Kane's office said she was not expected to attend, however.

Governor Tom Wolf has called for the immediate resignation of Kane, who faces up to seven years in prison on the most serious charge. Her term concludes at the end of the year, and she is not running for reelection.

A jury in Norristown, Pennsylvania, found Kane guilty on Monday of leaking sealed information to a reporter in an effort to embarrass a rival prosecutor.

The weeklong trial capped a years-long political scandal that included the Jerry Sandusky molestation case, allegations of official misconduct and pornographic emails. It also represented a dramatic fall from grace for Kane, who was once seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Prosecutors said Kane was incensed by a 2014 newspaper article that said she had shut down a corruption investigation into Philadelphia officials.

Convinced that former state prosecutor Frank Fina was the story's source, Kane tried to turn the tables by leaking information about a probe into a local NAACP official that he chose not to pursue, prosecutors said. Kane was accused of subsequently lying about the leak to an investigating grand jury.

Kane had said the charges were brought to stop her from revealing lewd emails between judges, state officials and prosecutors that she discovered while looking into the Sandusky investigation.

The release of some of those emails caused several officials, including two justices on the state's top court, to lose their jobs in a scandal dubbed "Porngate." But a judge barred Kane's lawyers from mentioning the emails during her trial.

Sandusky, a former football coach at Pennsylvania State University, was convicted in 2012 of molesting 10 boys in a case that raised questions about whether school officials failed to investigate allegations in a timely manner.

(Writing by Joseph Ax; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)