Video arraignment for charged Pennsylvania attorney general

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 7, 2015 11:45 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Bradley C Bower

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's attorney general won't be in the courtroom when she's arraigned on charges she leaked secret grand jury information and lied about it under oath.

Prosecutors say Kathleen Kane will appear Saturday via video from the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, where she's scheduled for processing.

Kane was charged Thursday with one felony count of perjury and eight misdemeanor counts including obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say she's to report to detectives in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown at 1:30 p.m.

The arraignment is at 2 p.m. in Collegeville, about 7 miles away.

An attorney for the 49-year-old Kane says she plans to plead not guilty. She has refused calls to step down, including from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Kane's the first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general in Pennsylvania.

An earlier story is below:

A weekend court session is scheduled for the arraignment of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane on criminal charges that she leaked secret grand jury information. 

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman's office says the proceeding will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in Norristown. 

Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in Pennsylvania, is charged with perjury, obstruction, conspiracy and other offenses stemming from allegations that she leaked the confidential information in attempted payback to political enemies and then lied about it. 

The 49-year-old Kane maintains she is innocent and her lawyer says she'll plead not guilty to the charges filed Thursday.

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