Kane doesn’t want hearing on leaked FBI recordings


NORRISTOWN, MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was back inside a courtroom Wednesday morning fighting the criminal charges that have been filed against her.

In somewhat of a surprise move, attorneys for the Scranton native withdrew two court motions.

One of the motions involved trying to find out if the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office leaked information in Kane’s case.

Kane was charged last year with leaking secret grand jury information to a reporter and then allegedly lying to cover it up.

As this case as progressed, Kane has raised some ironic concerns, saying that the office that is charging her may have leaked FBI recordings jeopardizing her case.

With lawyers and security by her side, Kathleen Kane made the now-familiar walk into a Montgomery County courtroom.

Inside Courtroom B Wednesday, there was an unusual move.

The Scranton native withdrew a court motion in which she was looking to find out who may have leaked FBI recordings in her perjury case to the Allentown Morning Call newspaper.

“I thought it was a distraction, to be perfectly frank with you!” defense attorney Gerald Shargel said. “I’ve been in these hearings before and it’s a mystery that is never solved.”

While Wednesday’s hearing lasted only about 15 minutes, a judge in Montgomery County actually swore-in Kathleen Kane, putting her on the witness stand. The judge asked her several questions about whether she’s satisfied with her attorneys decisions.

Kane and her attorneys say they expect to file more important documents next week.

“We will be filing publicly the selective and vindictive prosecution motion. I wanted to make that clear,” Shargel said.

Kane is currently slated to go on trial beginning August 8th.

With all of this legal wrangling, some speculate that date could possibly get pushed back.

Kane’s attorney says he’s not playing any games.

“The strategy is not to delay the case. We’re preparing for trial,” Shargel said.

The Montgomery County District Attorney has said any allegations that his office leaked the FBI recordings is simply without merit.

Kathleen Kane announced earlier this year that she will not be seeking a second-term as attorney general.

Five candidates are currently vying to take her place next January.

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