For­mer state AG head­ing to jail

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - WEATHER -

NOR­RIS­TOWN, PA. >> For­mer state At­tor­ney General Kath­leen Kane, once a ris­ing star in state pol­i­tics, left a court­room in hand­cuffs on Mon­day to start serv­ing a 10- to 23-month sen­tence for a re­tal­i­a­tion scheme a judge at­trib­uted to her all-con­sum­ing ego.

Kane, 50, also was sen­tenced to eight years of pro­ba­tion by a Mont­gomery County judge, who said Kane’s need for re­venge led her to break the law and then lie to a grand jury. Kane, who was ac­cused of leak­ing se­cret in­ves­tiga­tive files to em­bar­rass a ri­val pros­e­cu­tor, was con­victed of per­jury and ob­struc­tion.

Judge Wendy Dem­chick-Al­loy said Kane 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 politi­cian to pub­lic ser­vant when she took of­fice in 2013.

Kane, the first woman and first Demo­crat elected as the state’s top pros­e­cu­tor, will re­main in cus­tody un­less she posts $75,000 cash bail, higher than she had pre­vi­ously posted. She could then re­main free while her le­gal team ap­peals her con­vic­tion.

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 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 two teenage sons.

Pros­e­cu­tors called her crimes “egre­gious” and pushed for jail time.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Penn­syl­va­nia At­tor­ney General Kath­leen Kane leaves court in hand­cuffs af­ter her sen­tenc­ing Mon­day at the Mont­gomery County Court­house in Nor­ris­town, Pa..

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