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Top stories of 2015: Kathleen Kane's legal woes

Written by Mary Wilson | Dec 29, 2015 12:19 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The year closed with state Attorney General Kathleen Kane fighting for her political life, facing criminal charges and other challenges from all three branches of state government.

Kane's legal woes is one of WITF's top stories of 2015.

The criminal case against Kane was filed in August.

Prosecutors charged Kane with perjury, conspiracy, and other crimes, saying she leaked secret investigative information to embarrass a critic and later lied about it under oath.

She maintains her innocence, saying the case against her was manufactured by an old boys' network trying to stop her from releasing their lewd e-mails she uncovered on her office's servers.

"These individuals believe that they are on the precipice of their ultimate goal: the burial, the death and burial, of this email chain and their involvement in it forever," she said.

 After Kane was charged, she suggested that the release of the pornographic and insensitive messages would "tell the whole story."

"I do that not as a part of some vendetta. I do that to begin to tell the truth and the whole story," she said. "A story that is critical to my defense against these charges."

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Kane has since tasked outside counsel with an investigation of the e-mails.

Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson recently accused Kane of hiding similar e-mails exchanged with her own twin sister who also works in the Office of Attorney General.

"When is Kathleen Kane gonna release the 58 emails that her sister got?" he asked. "What about those e-mails?"

Following Kane's indictment, Governor Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat, called for her to resign.

Kane says she won't step down.

The state Supreme Court suspended her law license indefinitely due to the charges against her.

In light of that, the state Senate has begun to formally consider her ouster.

A hearing to allow Kane to defend herself has been scheduled in January.

The attorney general considers the process unconstitutional.

But her top deputies have said Kane's lack of a law license has created problems for the work of their agency.

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