Kathleen Kane resigns following perjury conviction

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane takes a morning break during the fifth day of her trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown on Friday

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. But, as attorney general, I think she has a very high standard to uphold.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele noted, though, that Kane had chosen the men as confidants.

Kane hired him in March.

Castor is also a figure in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby.

Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy on Tuesday set Kane's sentencing hearing for 10 a.m. October 24, giving county probation officials time to complete drug, alcohol and psychological evaluations of Kane.

"There is to be absolutely no retaliation of any kind against any witness in this case, either by your own devices, from your own mouth or your hand, or directing anybody to do anything", warned Judge Demchick-Alloy.

Kane, who was endorsed by the Inquirer in her 2012 election, wisely ended her revenge tragedy by taking the obvious next step of announcing she would step down Wednesday rather than wait for her sentencing in October.

Fellow Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf, declaring it a "sad day for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania", urged her to step down immediately.

After initially appearing to want to fight for her name to be cleared, Kane released a statement today that she would resign, effective Wednesday. "Kane campaigned on the slogan 'A Prosecutor, NOT a Politician, ' but it turned out to be just words as she spent far more of her time concerned with her own political ambitions and exercising petty political vendettas than the important work of protecting Pennsylvanians and their families". Castor added whoever becomes the next AG, however, has a lot to overcome, including an incredible learning curve and restoring public faith in the office. She threatened Ms. Kane, who is now free on bail, with immediate incarceration if she failed to comply. She's a former county prosecutor who soared to victory three years ago as an outsider.

"The only issue I have with Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to resign is that it is long overdue", Rafferty said. She announced her plans to resign on August 16, reports The Associated Press.

She now faces a maximum sentence of 28 years in prison, however a lesser sentence is expected.

Kane's lawyers have vowed to appeal.

A Kane defense lawyer told the jury that key witnesses would "say whatever they need to in order to protect themselves".

Kane's top deputy, Bruce Castor will assume her duties now that she's resigning following her perjury conviction in a grand jury leak case. The misdemeanor charges Kane faced included conspiracy, official oppression and false swearing.

Kane doesn't have to resign immediately and could potentially stay in office through January 17, when a new attorney general will be sworn in.

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.

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