Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor arraigned on criminal charges
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) — The top prosecutor in the state of Pennsylvania barely spoke at her arraignment Saturday on charges including a felony count of perjury, but her attorney stressed afterward that she has no plans to resign, despite growing pressure even among her fellow Democrats.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane did not enter a plea during the brief proceedings via closed-circuit television in suburban Philadelphia and only responded to the judge with yes or no.
She said nothing when she left and avoided a phalanx of news cameras by going out a side door.
Magisterial District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar set a preliminary hearing for Aug. 24 and set bail for $10,000 unsecured bond.
The case against Kane, a political newcomer in 2012 when she became the first woman elected as Pennsylvania attorney general, could end her status as the state’s highest-ranking female officeholder.
Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information through an operative to a newspaper reporter as payback for a former state prosecutor she thought made her look bad, and then lying about her actions under oath.
Prosecutors say she also enlisted aides to spy on office employees and keep tabs on a grand jury probe into the leak.
The 49-year-old Kane contends she is innocent of any wrongdoing and has portrayed herself as a victim of payback for taking on a corrupt, old-boy law enforcement network and exposing state employees for exchanging pornographic emails.
But her support among fellow Democrats has faded since a prosecutor filed more than a half dozen charges.