Pa. AG Kane, convicted of perjury, says she'll resign Wednesday

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 16, 2016 2:35 PM

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in her perjury and obstruction trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's attorney general is resigning amid pressure from the governor and lawmakers a day after jurors found her guilty of abusing her power and lying to cover it up. 

Her office announced in a statement Tuesday that Kathleen Kane would resign at the end of the workday Wednesday.

Kane's exit completes a spectacular fall for the state's highest-ranking female politician. She's a former county prosecutor who soared to victory three years ago as an outsider.

But the first woman and first Democrat elected to attorney general in Pennsylvania squandered her early popularity.

Ultimately, the 50-year-old Kane was undone by what prosecutors portrayed as a personal vendetta for her critics. Now, she's facing jail time and has had her law license suspended.

Kane's lawyers have vowed to appeal.

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