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Former Pennsylvania attorney general seeks to avoid jail

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 24, 2016 4:47 AM
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane enters the Montgomery County courtroom on Thursday, August 11, 2016 to continue her trial in Norristown, Pa. Kane, a first-term Democrat, is accused of leaking secret grand jury documents to the press and lying about it under oath. (Art Gentile/Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool)

(Philadelphia) -- Supporters of Democrat Kathleen Kane once hoped the ambitious lawyer might reach the U.S. Senate.

But the one-term Pennsylvania attorney general instead will learn Monday whether she's going to jail in a perjury and obstruction case that stemmed from a political feud.

The case is being heard in Montgomery County, where former President Bill Clinton stumped for her in 2012.

Kane's lawyers say she has been punished enough after losing her career, law license and reputation. They will ask for probation or house arrest so she can raise her teenage sons.

But Democratic District Attorney Kevin Steele calls the case ``egregious'' and will seek jail time.

A jury this summer found Kane leaked grand jury material to the press to embarrass a rival and then lied about it under oath.

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