Residents React: Should Kathleen Kane Resign?


Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is expected to turn herself in Saturday after being charged with perjury, criminal conspiracy and several other charges.

At the same time, people in the Lackawanna County communities where she currently lives and the city where she grew up are both reacting to her decision to stay in office while fighting the charges.

Since criminal charges were filed on Thursday, Kane has not made any public appearances except for releasing a written press release.

Kane is expected to turn herself into detectives in Montgomery County at 1:30 PM and then face a video arraignment around 2:00 PM.

Kane says she plans to stay in office but now some people are asking: is that the best decision?

The community of Waverly Township has less than 2,000 people that live in.

After one of its residents, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was slapped with criminal charges Thursday, some of her neighbors believe she should step down.

“I think that she should resign because I think that it’s too much to handle while she’s attorney general,” Lynn Nichols of Waverly Township said.

Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to a reporter and then lying to a grand jury to cover her tracks.

Many people in Waverly Township have followed the investigation against her for months.

“I think there’s a lack of leadership and it’s just time to move on and just open the job up,” Joe Clark of Waverly Township said.

Before becoming attorney general, Kane was previously an Assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County.

She grew up in Scranton.

“I was a little bit surprised, yes, I was,” Joyce Mullen of Scranton said.

Mullen thinks political pressure will eventually take its toll on Kane.

“I don’t blame her for not wanting to resign. I think if you just willingly resign you’re kind of, people kind of take it as an sign of guilt but I do think she is going to be pressured into it and she will end up resigning,” Mullen said.

Despite the charges, Kane still has supporters.

As the first female and first Democrat elected to the Pennsylvania Attorney General Office, some people say she has cracked down on drug dealers and child predators and they’re okay with her staying in office until convicted by a jury.

“This is America. Innocent until proven guilty,” Mary Ann Lefferts of Scranton said.

On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale both called for Kane to resign.

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