KANE SENT TO JAIL
Finding former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s actions were “deliberate, calculated and vengeful,” a judge imposed a jail sentence against the onetime top law enforcer on perjury and abuse of power charges.
“When perjury occurs it’s the ultimate assault on the judicial system,” Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said Monday as she sentenced Kane to 10 to 23 months in the county jail. “This defendant, the chief law enforcement official in Pennsylvania, with her hand on the Bible ... undermined the integrity of the court system, the criminal justice system, which she ironically originally swore to protect and defend.
“This case is about the oath, the sanctity of the oath as the backbone of our judicial system. Without the oath, we have nothing,” Demchick-Alloy added.
With an additional eight years of probation, Kane will be under court supervision for 10 years.
Kane, 50, a former Lackawanna County prosecutor who was elected attorney general in 2012 and once was considered a rising star among Democrats, stood stone-faced as she learned her fate.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, who argued for time behind bars for Kane, said the jail term is “significant” and sends a strong message.
“I think this is important, that nobody is above the law. It was difficult on the resources of the district attorney’s office to investigate the chief law enforcement officer of the state. We managed to do that through the hard work of many people and what’s clear from this is that nobody is above the law,” Steele said afterward.
Kane’s lawyer, Marc Robert Steinberg, asked the judge to allow Kane to remain free on bail pending an appeal of her conviction, citing a law that allows bail, under certain conditions, for those sentenced to terms under two years.
“She is not a flight risk. She’s not going anywhere. She’s no danger to the community,” said Steinberg, who had argued for a sentence of probation or house arrest for Kane.
The bail request was opposed by Steele and co-prosecutor Michelle Henry.
In the end, the judge increased Kane’s bail to $75,000 cash and Kane was taken by sheriff’s deputies in handcuffs to the county jail. Kane’s family was expected to post that bail later Monday evening.
On Aug. 15, Kane, the first Democrat and the first woman ever elected attorney general, was convicted of charges of perjury, obstructing administration of law, official oppression, false swearing and conspiracy. The jury determined she orchestrated the illegal disclosure of secret grand jury information to the media and then engaged in acts designed to conceal and cover up her conduct. Steele and Henry alleged Kane did so to exact “revenge” on a former state prosecutor with whom she was feuding.
“What I struggle with here, is she knew better. She knew better,” Steele argued. “But knowing better didn’t matter when it came to retaliation, when it came to vindictiveness.”
“What this defendant did was disgraceful. She put her own desire for personal revenge above everything else, above the citizens of this state, above the hardworking prosecutors and the staff of the attorney general’s office. Everybody deserved better,” Henry added. “Today, when she was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs there was finally justice and I’m happy to see
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaves court in handcuffs after her sentencing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Monday. Kane was sentenced to 10-to-23 months in county prison and eight years probation. In August, Kane was found guilty of felony perjury and an assortment of misdemeanors related to a leak of secret grand jury materials.