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Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania AG, Goes to Trial as Jury Selection Starts

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Attorney General Kathleen Kane announces the agreement her office has reached with the Hershey Trust Company and the Milton Hershey School that implements significant reforms to improve the operation and governance of both entities, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Dan Gleiter/PennLive.com via AP)

By    |   Monday, 08 Aug 2016 12:11 PM

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania's attorney general, is set to face trial, with jury selection beginning Monday.

Kane, 50, faces charges including perjury, obstruction, and official oppression. She is accused of illegally leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it under oath, Philly.com reported.

On Friday, the court denied a motion to dismiss the charges.

Kane lost her law license as a result of her felony arrest, but she remains on the job as attorney general as she winds down her four-year term, which expires in January, The Associated Press reported. She did not seek reelection.

She is the first woman and Democrat to be elected to the position, and said she will continue to fight against what she describes as an "old-boy's network."

"You can arrest me two times, you can arrest me 10 times. I'm sure this isn't the end of the game," Kane said, according to the AP. "But I will not stop until the truth comes out, and I will not stop until the system operates the way it's supposed to."

About 150 potential jurors were called to the court for jury selection.

Philadelphia Magazine described the case as "the most shocking and bizarre political scandal in recent history."

Kane opened a rift with prosecutor Frank Fina by promising to re-examine the state's investigation of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. Fina left the A.G.'s office and took a job with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

The two have blamed each other for negative stories in the media, and then-Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman accused Kane of leaking grand jury information about a case Fina worked on, Philadelphia Magazine explained.

Kane has maintained her innocence and claims the investigation is retribution for the discovery of racist, pornographic, misogynistic, and homophobic emails shared by state employees.


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