Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, was found guilty of all nine counts of perjury and obstruction stemming from allegations that she leaked grand jury information to a reporter.
She had faced charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, false swearing and official oppression in the trial in Norristown, a suburb of Philadelphia.
In closing arguments, Seth Farber,one of Kane’s lawyers,blamed her former top aids,Adrian King, a former deputy, and Josh Morrow, a political strategist, for the leak.
“Those are two witnesses who will say whatever they need to in order to protect themselves,” Farber said, The New York Times reported. “You would not even buy a used car from one of them.”
Though Kane did not leak the grand jury material, Farber said, she wanted the public to know that her predecessor and political rival,Frank Fina,failedto prosecute an NAACP official, ABC6 Philadelphia reported.
“Things that the commonwealth says do not hold up to scrutiny when you look at the actual evidence,” Mr. Farber said, and cast blame instead on two prosecution witnesses: who was given immunity to testify.
Kane was the first woman and first Democrat to be elected Pennsylvania’s attorney general. She lost her law license as a result of the leak allegations.
Reuters contributed to this report.