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Posted August 15 2016 - 10:17 PM
August 15, 2016
Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s balletic evasion of the slings and arrows sent her way during
her time in office concluded Monday evening, as a jury found her guilty on all charges,
including two third-degree felony counts of perjury and seven misdemeanors.
Kane remained stoic as the jury’s foreperson read the verdict, even as her attorney Gerald
Shargel asked for an individual polling of each juror and each confirmed the result. By 8:45
p.m., when the jury finished its four-and-a-half hour deliberation to return its verdict in a
chilly, windowless courtroom in Norristown, Kane’s support section had dwindled to include only
her sister and Office of Attorney General colleague Ellen Granahan.
Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy ordered Kane turn over her
passport by noon Tuesday, citing concerns that Kane could flee, as she did when she took a trip
to Haiti 'in the midst of her office’s tumult,/ without appointing anyone to fill her role in
her absence. Demchick-Alloy allowed Kane to be released on recognizance but took a harsh tone as
she emphasized to Kane that any retaliation carried out or instructed to be carried out by Kane
against any witnesses in the trial would result in immediate incarceration.
Shargel said the result was 'a crushing blow … but we have not lost our resolve.' He said Kane’s
defense team was denied the chance to make a full defense and will pursue that opportunity on
appeal. On the subject of Kane’s role as elected leader of Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement
agency, Shargel said the issue of her possible resignation will be dealt with in the coming days.
Bruce Castor, her first deputy, is set to have a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Kane’s slow-motion fall from grace began with the revelation in 2014 that she had shut down a
political corruption investigation that eventually resulted in a series of convictions and
guilty pleas in a revived prosecution by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. It
continued as Kane—as the jury found—broke the law in the process of seeking revenge for that
first blow on Frank Fina, the former prosecutor she believed let loose the information that
brought her such embarrassment.
And in the ensuing months, as criminal charges were filed and her law license was suspended, as
first the state Senate and then the House of Representatives looked into methods of removal, as
a series of retaliation lawsuits directed at Kane and her office by current and former OAG
employees grew and grew, Kane was repeatedly damaged in the public eye but remained unbowed.
The only true indication along the way that Kane was anything less than bulletproof was her
decision to withdraw from earlier statements that she would run for re-election this year.
It took Kane’s own actions—and the 12-member jury’s judgment of them—to bring her tenure to an
If Kane was a woman on the warpath, as prosecutors portrayed her, she didn’t conclude her fight
before taking others down with her. The offensive and pornographic emails Kane uncovered on
government servers cast shadows on two state Supreme Court justices who eventually resigned amid
scandal, as well as numerous other public officials and state employees caught in the undertow
of the emails. Kane’s prosecutors told the jury that J. Whyatt Mondesire, the subject of the
article written using the protected grand jury documents Kane was convicted of leaking and lying
about, was yet another of the 'casualties' of Kane’s 'war.'
Before being brought into court for conspiring to leak grand jury documents, Kane survived a
Senate vote on her dismissal from office and delayed an impeachment investigation by the House
long enough to make it to trial. She settled one of the civil suits against her—as well as a
gender-discrimination employment complaint brought by Granahan—and is said to be moving toward
settlement of those still outstanding. She saw seven press secretaries leave her administration,
the last of whom, on the way out the door, cited the “constant challenge” of explaining her
actions to the public.
Throughout it all, Kane remained, head held high, vocal in her certainty that she would
ultimately be proved innocent when given the chance, a victim of the 'old boys’ network' she
decried for allowing issues like the email ring—and the bias she said it demonstrated—to persist.
But placed before a jury of six men and six women in Montgomery County, Kane was no longer able
to dodge the raindrops."
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