Pennsylvania attorney general released on USD 75,000 bail
USA - Kathleen Kane, the disgraced Pennsylvania Attorney General who was convicted of abusing her office, has been released on $75,000 bail after spending only two hours in jail. On Monday afternoon, Kane, 50, was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs after being sentenced to 10 to 23 months for illegally leaking grand jury documents to embarrass a rival prosecutor and then lying about it under oath. Kane was also sentenced to eight years of probation by a Montgomery County judge who said Kane’s ego drove her to take down enemies and break the law. Kane plans to appeal the verdict. Her defense team has 30 days to file the appropriate documents to get the process under way. Marc Steinberg, one of the lawyers who represented Kane in the perjury case, said outside court Monday he thought the judge’s sentence ‘was an appropriate sentence’, adding that he did not have ‘any qualms about it’, PennLive.com reported. Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy on Monday said of Kane that she assumed an ‘off with your heads’ mentality as she ran the state’s top law enforcement agency. The judge called Kane a political ‘neophyte’ who failed to make the transition from campaigner to public servant after she took office. ‘This case is about ego — the ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One,’ Demchick-Alloy said. ‘This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant... felt had embarrassed her in the press.’ Kane, the first woman and first Democrat elected as the state’s top prosecutor, was handcuffed in court and led out a side door. She had been a stay-at-home mother, and former assistant county prosecutor, before using her husband’s trucking fortune to run for statewide office in 2012. She quickly became a rising star in the state Democratic Party before her office devolved into turmoil as career prosecutors came and went. Kane and her husband are now estranged and share custody of their teenage boys.
Earlier Monday, Kane’s 15-year-old son, Chris, pleaded for leniency while her former deputies described an office demoralized by her leadership and terrorized by ‘Nixonian espionage’.
Kane, 50, had argued that the loss of her career, law license and reputation was punishment enough.
She had asked the judge to sentence her to probation or house arrest so she could be home to raise her sons. Kane didn’t testify at her trial. She was convicted in August of two felony counts of perjury and seven misdemeanor charges, and she resigned the next day. (dailymail.co.uk)
Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, leaves the court in handcuffs. (Photo:morningcall)