The Latest: Attorney general: Charges tied to porn emails

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Posted: Aug 12, 2015 1:16 PM
The Latest: Attorney general: Charges tied to porn emails

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The latest on the criminal case against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):

1 p.m.

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor says in her first statement since being criminally charged that she's the victim of an effort to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails.

In a prepared statement Wednesday, Attorney General Kathleen Kane traces the case against her to the pornographic email scandal involving prosecutors and judges, which she exposed. She says far more people are involved.

Kane has been charged with leaking grand jury information to a newspaper reported as payback to a former state prosecutor and then lying about it under oath.

She says she intends to fight the charges against her. She says her defense will be that she broke no laws, not that she's a victim of an old-boy network.

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This story has been corrected to show that Kane says her defense will be that she broke no laws, not that she's the victim of an old-boy network.

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1:30 a.m.

Pennsylvania's top prosecutor plans to publicly discuss the criminal charges leveled against her last week in connection with an alleged political payback scheme.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon at the state Capitol.

She's accused of leaking secret grand jury information to embarrass a former state prosecutor who she believed made her look bad and then lying about it under oath.

Kane has said through her lawyer that she did nothing wrong. She hasn't personally commented on the charges, including one felony count of perjury.

Through her spokesman, she has said doesn't plan to resign. Her attorney has said the charges "can and will be defeated."

She's the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general of Pennsylvania. She's midway through a four-year term.