Timeline: Kane’s Rise And Fall
March 30, 2011: Kathleen G. Kane of Waverly Twp. announces her campaign for Pennsylvania attorney general. Nov. 6, 2012: The Scranton native becomes the first woman, and first Democrat, to be elected to serve as state attorney general. Sept. 1, 2014: It is revealed a special prosecutor is investigating whether Kane’s office leaked confidential grand jury material to a newspaper to get back at former attorney general employees Frank Fina and Marc Costanzo, who had been critical of her handling of a 2009 investigation involving a Philadelphia political activist. Aug. 7, 2015: The Montgomery County district attorney’s office files charges against Kane, alleging she leaked grand jury information and then tried to cover it up. Gov. Tom Wolf and other state leaders call on her to resign; she refuses. Sept. 21: The state Supreme Court takes emergency action to temporarily suspend Kane’s law license. Oct. 1: The Montgomery County district attorney’s office files additional charges of perjury, false swearing and obstructing the administration of law against Kane, alleging she lied to the grand jury that she never signed a secrecy oath not to reveal information from any grand jury ever handled by the attorney general’s office. Prosecutors discovered she did sign that oath Jan. 17, 2013. Feb. 16, 2016: Kane announces she will not seek re-election. Aug. 8: Kane’s perjury and obstruction trial begins in Montgomery County Court. Aug. 15: A jury finds Kane guilty of two counts each of perjury, false swearing, obstructing the administration of law and conspiracy, and one count of official oppression. Aug. 16: Kane resigns from office. Oct. 24: Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy sentences Kane to serve 10 to 23 months in prison. Kane is allowed to remain free on $75,000 bail. May 25, 2018: The state Superior Court upholds Kane’s conviction. Nov. 26: The state Supreme Court declines to hear Kane’s appeal. Nov. 27: Demchick-Alloy orders Kane to report to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Thursday. Nov. 29: Kane reports to prison to begin serving her 10- to 23-month sentence.