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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Kane faces additional charges

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 1, 2015 12:43 PM
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State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is facing more criminal charges.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office filed additional counts of perjury, false swearing, and obstruction charges against Kane Thursday morning.

The newer charges stem from a recent search of the attorney general's office that yielded a "secrecy oath" Kane signed shortly after being sworn in, according to a written statement from prosecutors. Kane had previously testified that she never signed an oath to keep grand jury information confidential, prosecutors said.

The attorney general was first criminally charged in August with perjury, conspiracy, and other crimes. She is accused of leaking secret grand jury information and attempting a cover-up. Kane has maintained her innocence.

Her lawyers have not returned requests for comment. Kane's office spokesman, Chuck Ardo, has declined to comment.

Last month, the state Supreme Court suspended Kane's law license, a move that could hinder her abilities in office starting later this month.

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