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Arguments over revenge motive at issue in Kane criminal case

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 27, 2016 10:54 AM
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after a pretrial hearing in her grand jury leak case, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

(Harrisburg) -- The judge in Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's criminal case is considering whether to allow jurors to hear about a pornographic email scandal her office unearthed and a political ally's statements that suggest Kane was obsessed with revenge.

Kane's trial in Montgomery County court begins Aug. 8. The first-term Democrat is accused of leaking secret investigation information to the Philadelphia Daily News in 2014 to embarrass rival prosecutors and then lying about it under oath.

Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy is expected to rule on the motions before trial.

The motions revolve around whether Kane leaked the information to smear former prosecutors she blamed for the publication of an embarrassing March 2014 story in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Kane's lawyers say she could have released the prosecutors' emails had she been motivated by revenge.

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