The Latest: Consultant: I was searched before lunch with AG

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Posted: Aug 11, 2016 3:28 PM
The Latest: Consultant: I was searched before lunch with AG

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on perjury trial of Pennsylvania's attorney general (all times local):

3 p.m.

A political consultant for Attorney General Kathleen Kane says her security agents took him to a parking garage, seized his phone, wallet and keys and searched him for a recording device before he had lunch with Kane at a luxury hotel.

Consultant Josh Morrow is testifying Thursday at Kane's perjury and obstruction trial. The first-term Democrat is accused of leaking grand jury files to the press to embarrass a rival.

Morrow says that he and Kane met after the story ran to concoct a story that pinned the leak on her chief deputy, Adrian King. Morrow says he even told that story to the grand jury investigating the leak. But he says he's telling the truth now.

Morrow is testifying with a grant of immunity. The defense insists Kane did nothing wrong.

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1 p.m.

A political consultant says he "conspired" with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to pin a grand jury leak on her chief deputy.

Consultant Josh Morrow is testifying Thursday under a grant of immunity at Kane's perjury and corruption trial.

He says that he and Kane concocted a story in August 2014 that Adrian King had leaked the secret files to a newspaper. Morrow acknowledges telling the story to a grand jury.

Morrow says Kane was becoming "unhinged" over her feud with a rival prosecutor and leaked the material to embarrass him.

King admits he passed the packet from Kane to Morrow but says he didn't know what was inside. But Morrow says he told King it contained secret files on a civil rights leader.

Morrow's testimony continues Thursday afternoon.

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11 a.m.:

A former boyfriend who later became a top aide to Pennsylvania's attorney general has told jurors she was trying to "set me up" for leaking grand jury material to the press.

First-term Democrat Kathleen Kane is on trial on charges of perjury and obstruction.

Authorities say she tarnished the image of an NAACP official who was investigated but never charged, all to embarrass a rival prosecutor.

The defense says the material wasn't confidential.

Kane's former law school boyfriend, Adrian King, served as her top deputy but on Thursday endured hostile questioning from her lawyers.

He admits he passed an envelope from her to a campaign consultant that eventually reached a newspaper. But King says he didn't know it contained secret criminal files.

King says Kane is trying to frame him.

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5 a.m.:

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane returns to the defense table and a former boyfriend-turned-top deputy to the witness stand when Kane's perjury case resumes.

Kane, a first-term Democrat, is accused of leaking secret grand jury documents to the press and lying about it under oath.

Authorities say she violated the state's grand jury laws and tarnished an NAACP official who was investigated but never charged.

The defense says the material wasn't confidential.

Government witness Adrian King returns to the stand Thursday for more cross-examination from Kane's lawyers. He and Kane dated in law school and years later he became her top deputy.

But King now thinks Kane is trying to frame him for the leak.