Perjury Conviction Against Ex-Pennsylvania AG Upheld

Courthouse News Service

May 29, 2018

By Gina Carrano

The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld the conviction Friday of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat who lied to a grand jury that was investigating her leak of information meant to embarrass a political rival.

Daily News reporter Chris Brennan broke the article that had relied on secret grand jury information in June 2014, about three months after the Philadelphia Inquirer published an article that tarnished Kane’s reputation.

As former aides of Kane’s testified at trial, the attorney general believed that the Inquirer’s article relied on information leaked to it by Frank Fina, a former deputy attorney general from the last administration.

Just two years earlier on the campaign trail, Fina had been a frequent target of Kane’s as she focused on the state’s delay prosecuting the decades of child sex abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach.

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