Kathleen Kane, former Pennsylvania Attorney General, convicted of violating probation

NARYSTOWN – Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Granahan Kane will spend the next four years under court supervision and must undergo an addiction treatment program after she pleaded guilty to a suspended sentence related to her Sentence for perjury in 2016 with a new arrest for drunk driving in Scranton, Lacquana County.

Kane, 55, showed no emotion Monday when Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchik-Aloe accepted an agreement reached between prosecutors and Kane’s attorney that would release her immediately to a Chester County boarding school program.

“I didn’t expect to see you again, but it was your choice, not mine. And here we are, ”Demchyk-Aloy addressed Kane at the beginning of the hearing on the violation. “I am inclined to accept this verdict, this agreement.”

Under the agreement, Kane was sentenced to 2 months, already served up to 12 months in prison, and 45 days she spent in Brookdale Premier County on drug addiction in Monroe County from March 15 to April 29 and 25 days which she spent in Montgomery County Correctional Facility pending review of the violation.

The judge also ordered Kane to undergo a three-year probation after parole, meaning she will be under trial supervision for a total of four years.

Kane will be released directly before Thornbury Farmhouse in Chester County, a long-term boarding care program that focuses on the changes that need to be made in thoughts and behaviors to stay clean and sober, the judge explained. The average length of stay at the facility is 3 to 6 months, officials said.

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is accompanied by a deputy sheriff to the Montgomery County Courtroom for a hearing on a suspended sentence. (Photo by Karl Hessler Jr.)

“After meeting with the defendant, it seems that she is humiliated by the current events in her life,” said Demchyk-Aloy, reading directly from a report published by county officials. “She admitted that stressors in her life have become predominant, which has led to where she is today. In addition, the defendant acknowledged his need and desire to continue treatment.

Kane declined the opportunity to make a statement in court before learning of her fate.

Deputy District Attorney Kelly Lloyd explained that prosecutors agreed with the sentencing recommendation made by probation officers.

“She clearly has some drug abuse issues she is struggling with related to alcohol,” Lloyd said. “She did go to inpatient treatment right after the DUI happened, and then we wanted to further address these drug abuse issues once she was released.”

Lawyer Mark Steinberg said he was pleased that the judge followed the recommendation of the probation officer.

“The judge is concerned that Kathleen continues to receive some care and treatment due to the problems she has. The judge is still concerned about her and wants her to keep up and not return to Montgomery County, ”Steinberg said. “She has been humiliated by this experience and I believe she will not come back here again.”

In November 2018, Kane, whose legal problems were played out in the district courtroom and dominated the headlines both locally and in the state for more than two years, began serving a sentence of 10 to 23 months in connection with the conviction of the charges in August 2016, she organized the illegal disclosure of classified information of the grand jury of the jury, and then participated in actions aimed at concealing and covering up their behavior.

Kane was released from prison in July 2019 after serving eight months of imprisonment and receiving merit for good behavior.

However, after her release, Kane still had to serve eight years probation, which was part of her original sentence in 2016, meaning she was under the supervision of the district court until 2024.

Kathleen Kane
Kathleen Kane

But Kane’s arrest on March 12 for allegedly DUI in Scranton caused a probation violation and her recent legal problems in the district court.

Kane is also awaiting a preliminary hearing on May 26 on charges against the DUI in Scranton.

Kane, a former Lacuna County Attorney, was elected Attorney General in 2012 and became the first Democrat and first woman to be elected to the post.

On August 15, 2016, Kane, a mother of two, was convicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of law, oppression of officials, swearing and conspiracy. The jury found that Kane organized the illegal disclosure of secret information of the grand jury in the media, and then participated in actions aimed at concealing and covering up her behavior.

District Attorney Kevin R. Steele claimed that Kane did this to “revenge” the former prosecutor with whom she was at war.

In court, prosecutors argued that Kane’s desire for revenge took root on March 16, 2014, when she read Philadelphia Inquirer an article that was “critical” on her part for failing to file criminal charges against some Philadelphia politicians and for ending a special operation led by former Attorney General Frank Finn.

During the trial, witnesses testified that Kane believed Fina was responsible for the negative publicity.

To get revenge on Fine, Steele claimed that Kane arranged for the reporter to issue notes, emails and transcripts of interviews concerning the Grand Jury of Inquiry № 29 in 2009, an investigation centered on a Philadelphia civil rights officer. was under surveillance and then not charged. The prosecutor’s office claimed that the civil rights official, who had never been charged with any crime, had damaged the publication of the grand jury’s information.

Kane was also convicted of lying to the 35th State Grand Jury in November 2014 to cover up her leak, a lie under oath when she claimed she never agreed to keep her secret regarding the 2009 Grand Jury investigation.

Prosecutors say they have found evidence that Kane signed the so-called “oath of secrecy” on the second day of his tenure on January 17, 2013, promising her secrecy for investigations by grand jurors in the state from 1 to 32. The oath forced Kane to keep secret Prosecutors argue that all cases that took place in the past and present state grand jury.

Kane did not testify in her trial.

But throughout the investigation, Kane claimed she had done nothing wrong and believed the allegations were part of an attempt to force her to resign because she found that pornographic letters were exchanged between government officials at government emails.

Kane resigned two days after his conviction.

On October 24, 2016, Demchik Aloy sentenced Kane to 10 to 23 months in prison and then to eight years probation.

Kane was originally allowed to remain at large on a no-show until the results of her appeals to state court.

In May 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld Kane’s verdict and sentence. In November of the following year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided not to consider Kane’s latest appeal, which paved the way for her to start serving her sentence.

At the time, Demchik-Aloi ordered Kane to surrender to prison officials on November 29, 2019.

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