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Former AG Gets Up To Two Years In Prison For Leaking Sensitive Info

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Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in prison Monday after leaking sensitive information from a grand jury and subsequently lying about it.

Kane was convicted of nine criminal charges, including criminal conspiracy and perjury, in August. Her law license was suspended and she resigned only a day after the conviction.

Reaching for a tissue, Kane pleaded for clemency before presiding Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, reports PennLive.

“I expected there to be a prison sentence,” Marc Steinberg, one of eight attorney’s for Kane, said. “I thought the judge’s sentence was an appropriate sentence. I don’t have any qualms with it.”

The maximum penalty for the two felony perjury charges was seven years each, according to The New York Times.

Another one of Kane’s lawyer, Gerald Shargel, chose not to call any witnesses to stand on the defense’s behalf during the August criminal trial. This could have been a contributing factor to the original conviction.

After Kane was determined guilty during the original hearing, Demchick-Alloy had stern words for the then-attorney general.

“There is to be absolutely no retaliation of any kind against any witness in this case, either by your own devices, from your own mouth or your hand, or directing anybody to do anything,” Demchick-Alloy stressed. “Is that clear, Ms Kane?”

The legal proceedings dealing with Kane took place at the Montgomery County Courthouse (right outside of Philadelphia)–the same courthouse currently dealing with the alleged Bill Cosby rape cases.

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