SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Kathleen Kane officially steps down as Pennsylvania Attorney General Wednesday.
The Scranton native announced her resignation on Tuesday afternoon after being convicted of perjury and other charges in Montgomery County Monday night.
Eyewitness News spoke with Kane as she arrived at work just before 10:30 AM Wednesday at her office in downtown Scranton.
Kane calls this day “bittersweet.”
Her resignation takes effect at the end of the business day.
She is spending her final hours as attorney general in Scranton because she says she’s a “Scrantonian.”
Kane has spent more than 1,000 days in office.
“It’s bittersweet. I loved my job. I’m proud of the work that we’ve done but at the same time it’s time for me to focus on other things,” Kane said.
The Scranton native was convicted Monday night of nine criminal counts, including perjury.
Jurors found enough evidence that she leaked secret grand jury information to a newspaper and then lied to cover it up.
Kane would not address the verdict specifically as she entered her office Wednesday for the final time.
“We still have some legal issues going on so I’ll focus on that (after leaving office). I can’t wait to be with my kids for the rest of the summer. I’m looking forward to that,” Kane said.
As for her legacy?
Kane is hopeful the criminal conviction won’t define her tenure.
“I’m proud of the things that we did from closing the Florida loophole on guns and keeping the Pennsylvania lottery in Pennsylvania and our over 500 child predator arrests,” Kane said.
Kane faces a maximum penalty of 28 years in prison but could be sentenced to as little as probation.
While she doesn’t know exactly what her future holds, Kathleen Kane says she has no regrets.
“I have no regrets. I hope that people see that we’ve done our best and I hope all the work that we’ve done and sometimes the price is high. That’s all. I have no regrets,” Kane said.
At the end of Wednesday, First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Castor will officially be sworn-in as acting Pennsylvania Attorney General.
His appointment will last until January unless Governor Tom Wolf decides to nominate someone else for the job. That person would then have to be approved by two-thirds of the Pennsylvania Senate.