Charges Against Attorney General Going to Trial


After more than four hours of testimony, a magistrate in Montgomery County ruled there is enough evidence for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to face trial.

The Scranton-native is accused of leaking secret information to a reporter and then lying to a grand jury to cover it up.

Kane’s preliminary hearing was held Monday afternoon at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown.

After a judge ruled Kane will face trial, she left the courthouse ignoring reporter’s questions.

Her attorney made only brief comments.

“We look forward to the trial. There will be a trail,” defense attorney Gerald Shargel said.

Only two witnesses testified against Kane.

One was an agent in her office.

The other, Detective Paul Bradbury from Montgomery County, says Kane lied several times under oath to the grand jury.

“This is a very, very strange case for all sorts of reasons,” Shargel said.

Prosecutors say Kane also leaked secret information to a reporter to get back at former state prosecutors who she thought made her look bad in the media.

In a press conference earlier this month, Kane said that isn’t so.

She said pornographic and racially offensive e-mails will be key to her defense.

Those emails were barely mentioned Monday.

Whether they will be allowed into a trial is unknown.

“I can’t give you a guess on what’s going to happen down the line or what the defense is going to present,” Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

“I’m not testing my defense with the media,” Shargel said.

Outside court, Kane’s attorney wouldn’t expand, saying only he hopes the emails will be allowed into trial.

“We have to persuade a judge and I think that we can do that,” Shargel said.

The next step in Kane’s criminal case will come on October 14th. That is the date scheduled for Kane’s formal arraignment. That is the date when she is expected to formally enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

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