Governor Tom Wolf On Kane Resignation: 'Her Decision Is The Right One'

That includes perjury, obstructing administration of law, official oppression, false swearing and conspiracy.

The state's top law enforcement official is now a convicted felon.

The judge says it concerns her Kane left her office in chaos to go to Haiti for a week with her sister and other office employees. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) in this year's election, but those hopes were derailed in 2015 when the investigation into Kane was first made public.

Morrow, who had worked on Kane's campaign for attorney general, was a "good soldier" in that war, agreeing to act as the source for a leak of the grand jury documents on the Mondesire case, which Fina had headed.

The problem for Kane was that those details were subject of a grand jury investigation, and divulging them was illegal.

Kane, 50, has dismissed as political the accusation that in 2014 she leaked information from a 2009 grand jury probe - and later lied about it - in a vindictive effort to humiliate former prosecutor Frank Fina.

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Prosecutors say Kane wanted revenge for a critical article she suspected him of planting. Kane's lawyers also complained that the judge had not allowed them to argue in court that the investigation had been propelled by former state prosecutors anxious that Kane would reveal their raunchy, pornographic interoffice emails she had discovered on the office's services.

A short time later, after jurors returned to the courtroom, lead defense lawyer Gerald L. Shargel simply said the defense rested, without calling any witnesses. "It is past time for this saga to end, and it is time Ms. Kane puts the interests of the people of Pennsylvania before her own".

Pennsylvania's attorney general showed little emotion Monday night as she was convicted of leaking grand jury secrets and lying about it under oath.

"Her decision to resign is the right one, and will allow the people of Pennsylvania to finally move on from this situation", Wolf said in a statement. She became the second attorney general to resign in disgrace since voters first elected an officeholder in 1980; Ernie Preate in 1995 was the first. "Commissioner Shapiro views this office as a political stepping stone to the Governor's Mansion, and with zero relevant experience I fear he would commit the same transgressions we have seen over the last four years". He and his co-prosecutor, Michelle Henry from the Bucks County district attorney's office, said they believed the evidence was overwhelming. "I believed this when she was charged, and today, after conviction, there should be no question that she should resign immediately", Wolf said.

As you might surmise, Republican leaders in the Legislature do not disagree with the governor.

In an episode that seemed more likely at a mob trial than a statehouse corruption case, Kane's political operative described being taken to a parking garage, stripped of his phone, keys and wallet and searched for a recording device before a lunch meeting with the attorney general. If Kane doesn't have enough shame to have stepped down already, why leave now? "I will concentrate my full attention on ensuring Pennsylvania is a safer place for all of us by restoring integrity to the Office of Attorney General, attacking the heroin epidemic and going after predators who are preying on our children and seniors". She cheated them - as well as the citizens of the Commonwealth. What are the consequences for Kathleen Kane?

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