Kathleen Kane Convicted of Perjury, Obstruction of Justice

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was convicted Monday night on two counts of perjury and seven other counts, including obstruction of justice and abuse of office, according to multiple reports.

A jury found Kane responsible for the leakling of secret grand jury documents to the Daily News as an act of political retaliation against former prosecutor Frank Fina. Kane suspected that Fina had been responsible for a March 2014 report in the Inquirer that she had scuttled an investigation of six Philadelphia Democrats who’d been caught accepting bribes in a sting operation. The grand jury documents suggested that Fina had dropped an earlier investigation into Jerry Mondesire, the former head of the Philadelphia NAACP. Read more »

Kathleen Kane Opts to Not Testify in Perjury Trial

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Kathleen Kane, the Pennsylvania attorney general currently standing trial for perjury, declined to testify in her own defense today. After calling zero witnesses, her defense rested.

“As I sit here and listen to the commonwealth’s case, I don’t believe it is necessary for me to testify on my own behalf,” said Kane to Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, according to Billy Penn.  Read more »

Kathleen Kane’s Ex-Consultant: We Planned Grand Jury Leak

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L: Attorney General Kathleen Kane, photo by Matt Rourke/AP R: Joshua Murrow, right, photo by Art Gentile/Bucks County Courier Times

On the fourth day of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s trial on perjury and conspiracy charges, her former consultant dropped a major bomb: He helped illegally leak grand jury information to a Daily News reporter because Kane told him to do it, he said. Read more »

The Beginning of the End of the Kathleen Kane Saga: Her Trial Starts Today

Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the State Supreme Court room, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the state Supreme Court room, Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia.

What a short, strange trip it’s been for Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s soon-to-be-former attorney general.

Around this time four years ago, she was crisscrossing the commonwealth and winning over curious voters with her charm and moxie, a former prosecutor from Scranton who vowed to bring an outsider’s perspective to the insiders-only world of state politics. Yeah, everyone trots out that line at some point during an election campaign, but for Kane it was more than mere spin; she really wasn’t part of the Democratic party’s inner circle.

She made history that fall, becoming the first woman and the first Democrat to be elected state attorney general. The 3 million votes she won seemed to confirm that Kane was onto something with her whole let’s-shake-up-this-old-boys-network mantra. It wasn’t long before political observers started gossiping about her possibly running for governor someday, maybe even president. A political star had been born!

Now, the most pressing question about Kathleen Kane’s future is whether she’s going to end up spending time behind bars. Read more »

Pa. Attorney General Urges Comcast Customers to Come Forward Following $100 Million Lawsuit

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is reviewing Washington state’s recently-filed $100 million lawsuit against Philly-based cable giant Comcast and urging the state’s customers to come forward if they think they were misled by the company.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit Monday, claiming that Comcast illegally deceived customers into paying the company tens of millions of dollars by misrepresenting its Service Protection Plan and charging customers unnecessary fees for credit screening practices and service calls.

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Kathleen Kane Announces Arrests in Philly Heroin Bust

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A month-long investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics yielded two arrests and the seizure of 3,660 packets of heroin on June 10th, Pennsylvania AG Kathleen G. Kane announced at a news conference today.

Santos Javier Alvarez-Ruiz, 38, an alleged mid-level dealer, and Felipe Fontanez Burgos, 42, an alleged street dealer, were arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal use of a communication facility, and possession of a controlled substance, among others.  Read more »

FW: Frank Fina Has Left the D.A.’s Office

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, center, accompanied by investigator Frank Fina, speaks during a news conference Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, center, accompanied by investigator Frank Fina, speaks during a news conference Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Frank Fina‘s controversy-plagued tenure with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has quietly — like really, really quietly — come to an end.  Read more »

Kathleen Kane’s Office Cancels Porngate News Conference

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks with members of the media after her arrangement before a district judge, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Collegeville, Pa. Prosecutors added a new perjury count and other criminal charges Thursday against Kane, saying they found a signed document that contradicts her claims she never agreed to maintain secrecy of a grand jury investigation in 2009, before she took office. The Montgomery County district attorney charged her with felony perjury and two misdemeanors — false swearing and obstruction — based on a signed secrecy oath she signed shortly after taking office in early 2013.

A news conference scheduled for today at which Attorney General Kathleen Kane was expected to release preliminary findings of an investigation into the Porngate scandal has been cancelled.

Solicitor General Bruce Castor Jr. made the decision, which he announced via email yesterday. Castor said that the working draft of the report compiled by special prosecutor Douglas Gansler “was not comprehensive, and that too many of the emails provided in support of the working draft report were redacted.”

The best part: “I don’t care about the outcome of the report,” Castor told the Inquirer. “I just want it to be thorough and complete. I didn’t want little pieces of the pie, and that’s what I got: I got a porno slice.”

We repeat: A porno slice. Read more »

Here’s Everything You Need To Know To Vote Today

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Happy Election Day! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A lot is on the line today in Philadelphia. By voting, you could help decide whether Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination. Or whether an indicted congressman is rewarded with another term. Or who might succeed the embattled Kathleen Kane as Attorney General.

If you still don’t know know who to support — or how to get to your polling place — don’t let that stop you. Just use our nifty guide to surviving Election Day. Here’s everything you need to know: Read more »

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