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