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Attorney general made right decision in resigning, governor says

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 16, 2016 4:28 PM
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's governor says state Attorney General Kathleen Kane made the right decision to resign in the wake of her perjury conviction in a grand jury leak case.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he has confidence in the employees of the state's top law enforcement office to perform its most important functions.

Kane's office said her resignation would go into effect at the end of business Wednesday. The Democrat resigned amid pressure from Wolf and lawmakers a day after jurors found her guilty of abusing her power and lying to cover it up.

Wolf can appoint a replacement for the remainder of Kane's term, with Senate approval, but he's giving no details about any plan to do so.

Kane faces jail time. Her lawyers say they'll appeal.

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