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Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania Attorney General, Convicted

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 11:32 AM

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania's attorney general, was convicted of perjury, obstruction and other charges on Monday, which could force the Democrat to resign from office and serve as much as 28 years in prison.

The jury deliberated a little more than four hours before agreeing with Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele that Kane, 50, orchestrated an illegal leak from secret jury documents for a June 2014 news story critical of political rival and former state prosecutor Frank Fina, according to Philly.com.

Jurors also agreed that Kane then lied about what she did under oath.

Kane's attorney, Gerald Shargel, said she will appeal but didn't know whether his client will resign from office before sentencing, reported Philly.com. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has called for Kane to resign since her arrest.

"We will continue this litigation we will continue this fight because we believe that our client has been wrongfully accused of misconduct," Shargel said after the conviction, according to CNN.

Steele, though, charged that Kane felt that she could do whatever she wanted in her rivalry against Fina regardless of the legal bounds, noted CNN.

"It seemed that we had somebody who felt that she was above the law and that's not the case because no one is above the law," Steele said. "We are a very honorable profession here. We have rules that we have to abide by and there are no exceptions to that."

Kane must resign from office once she is sentenced, according to the Pennsylvania state constitution, noted Philly.com. The former rising Democratic political star faces a maximum of 28 years in prison on the charges, but state sentencing guidelines suggest she would likely get a far less because she has no previous criminal record.

Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry said Monday that the case against Kane had unduly taken an impact on her staff, reported CNN.

"There are great men and women who work in the office of the Attorney General," Henry said. "Great prosecutors, great agents, great support staff, and they have had to suffer through what this defendant has done. Not just to them, but to the citizens of this commonwealth and I am glad to see that the end is just finally in sight."

Criminal charges were filed against Kane a year ago this month, charging that Kane responded out of anger about a newspaper article that accused her of dropping an investigation into political bribes, said CNN, and that led to her allegedly leaking the secret grand jury testimony to the media and then attempting to cover it up.

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