Former Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane who resigned in disgrace earlier this year was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in county jail.
Kane, who is a staunch Hillary Clinton ally, and who worked on her presidential campaign, was convicted for perjury, false swearing, obstruction of justice, official oppression and conspiracy.
The former AG had targeted a prosecutor who she thought had leaked information about her decision to drop charges against six black Democratic legislators in Philadelphia. The prosecutor, Frank Fina, is a Republican. Kane is a Democrat. She was considered a “rising star” in the party until her conviction.
Kane was endorsed for PA Attorney General by Bill Clinton in 2012. She was the first Democrat, and the first woman elected attorney general in the state. And now she’s a convicted felon.
On top of the jail time, Kane was sentenced to 8 years probation. She was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.
Via WTAE Pittsburgh:
Kane didn’t testify at her trial. She was convicted in August of two felony counts of perjury and seven misdemeanor charges, and she resigned the next day.
Earlier Monday, Kane’s 15-year-old son, Chris Kane, pleaded for leniency while her former deputies described an office demoralized by her leadership and terrorized by “Nixonian espionage.”
Prosecutors called her crimes “egregious” and pushed for jail time after the defense sought probation or house arrest. They said a paranoid Kane ruined morale in the 800-person office and the wider law enforcement community, burning bridges among state, local and federal agencies.
“Through a pattern of systemic firings and Nixonian espionage, she created a terror zone in this office,” said Erik Olsen, a career prosecutor who’s now the chief deputy attorney general.
According to the judge who sentenced her, Kane sounds a lot like her political ally, Hillary Clinton. Via CBS News.
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 campaigner to public servant after she took office.
“This case is about ego – the ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One,” Demchick-Alloy said. “This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant … felt had embarrassed her in the press.”
Kane “repeatedly misused her official authority to advance her personal vendettas,” District Attorney Kevin Steele wrote in a sentencing memo last week.
Kane worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and is a top supporter of her 2016 run.
Apparently all Democrats tied to Hillary Clinton are criminals. What can we say, they learn from the best.
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