Pa. Attorney General Kane faces pressure to resign

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 16, 2016 10:42 AM

Photo by Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool

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 facing growing pressure to resign after her conviction on charges she abused her office's power to smear a rival and tried to cover it up.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says it's time for Democrat Kathleen Kane to do the right thing and step aside. Top state senators threatened a vote ordering her removal from office under a constitutional provision never used in modern history.

Kane's top deputy, Bruce L. Castor Jr., planned a news conference Tuesday afternoon to address questions.

Kane was convicted Monday night of perjury, obstruction and official oppression. Her lawyers say she'll appeal.

Kane doesn't have to resign immediately and could potentially stay in office through Jan. 17, when a new attorney general will be sworn in.

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