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Jury picked for AG Kathleen Kane's trial

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 8, 2016 4:31 PM
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FILE PHOTO: State Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives for her preliminary hearing Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

(Undated) -- A jury of six men and six women has been seated to hear the perjury and obstruction trial of Pennsylvania's attorney general. 

Lawyers for Kathleen Kane huddled with Montgomery County prosecutors throughout the day Monday to question potential jurors behind closed doors.

Kane is accused of leaking grand jury material to a newspaper to embarrass rivals and then lying about it under oath. She insists she never broke the law.

The first-term Democrat lost her law license after her arrest and decided not to run for re-election. She calls the charges payback for her crusade to root out judges, lawyers and others who traded offensive and pornographic emails on state servers.

The trial is expected to last about a week.

An earlier story is below:

The potential witness list in the perjury trial of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane includes prosecutors, judges, journalists and former top aides to the embattled office holder.

Jurors are being questioned today for the expected weeklong trial of outgoing AG Kane.

She is charged with leaking secret grand jury information to a reporter to embarrass enemies and then lying about it under oath.

Her crusade cost two Supreme Court justices and many others their jobs. But the trial judge says the defense can't bring it up at trial. 

Kane denies wrongdoing and says she's just the latest victim of a "good old boys'' network that controls state politics.

The witness list includes a Supreme Court justice and several top aides who stepped down or left Kane's office amid her investigation of pornographic emails being sent on state servers.

The witness list also includes the special prosecutor and special judge who oversaw the investigation of Kane.

About 150 potential jurors arrived this morning in the Montgomery County courtroom.

Kane remains on the job even though she lost her law license over the felony arrest.

She was the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in Pennsylvania.

Kane didn't seek re-election this year.

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