Kane blames former top aides for grand jury leak

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 15, 2016 10:55 AM

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane enters the Montgomery County courtroom on Thursday, August 11,in Norristown. (Art Gentile/Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool)

(Norristown)_A jury has begun deliberations in the perjury and obstruction trial of Pennsylvania's attorney general.

The jury got the case Monday afternoon.

First-term Democrat Kathleen Kane is accused of leaking secret criminal files to the press to embarrass a rival prosecutor who dropped the case.

Authorities say she also lied when she was called to testify before a grand jury.

Two former confidants testified against Kane.

One said he conspired with her to leak the material and create a cover story.

Kane's lawyers question their credibility, but Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele noted that she picked them to be her top aides.

The 50-year-old Kane had never before held office.

She faces up to seven years in prison on the felony perjury charge. The other charges are misdemeanors.

An earlier story is below:

(Norristown) -- Pennsylvania's attorney general blames her former top aides for the leak of grand jury material that embarrassed a rival. 

The defense is giving closing arguments Monday in Kathleen Kane's perjury and obstruction trial in suburban Philadelphia.

Defense lawyer Seth Farber says Kane felt the public should know her predecessor had failed to prosecute a case involving an NAACP official.

But he says she did not authorize the leak of secret criminal files.

Farber says top deputy Adrian King went beyond his authority to get the files to a reporter through Kane's political consultant.

Kane could be sent to prison for up to seven years if convicted of felony perjury. She didn't testify or call any witnesses.

The governor's office says Kane could remain in office if convicted while she appeals.

An earlier story is below:

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin this morning on state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's perjury and obstruction trial.

Jurors could begin deliberating as soon as today.

Kane has decided not to testify or call any defense witnesses.

The first-term Democrat is accused of leaking secret grand jury files to a newspaper to embarrass a rival prosecutor and lying about it under oath.

Her former campaign manager says he conspired with her on a cover story to frame her chief deputy.

The consultant, Josh Morrow, admits lying to the grand jury and received immunity for his testimony last week.

Witnesses say Kane was incensed about a news story that questioned her decision to drop a statehouse bribery probe.

They say she blamed prosecutor Frank Fina and sought revenge by leaking a story about him.

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