- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on Pennsylvania Attorney General (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Trial evidence shows that Pennsylvania’s attorney general told a grand jury she never leaked secret documents to the press.

First-term Democrat Kathleen Kane is charged with perjury and obstruction for allegedly publicizing grand jury files about an investigation of a civil rights leader.

Excerpts of Kane’s grand jury testimony are being aired as her trial begins Tuesday in suburban Philadelphia.

The excerpts show Kane acknowledging that she wanted the public to know her predecessors had dropped the investigation and discussed it with top deputy Adrian King.

Prosecutors say he admits routing it to a reporter through Kane’s political consultant.

Another deputy, Bruce Beemer, testified that he was stunned when he saw the resulting news story because he knew the leak must have come from their office.


11 a.m.

Pennsylvania’s attorney general has gone on trial in a perjury and obstruction case that prosecutors say stems from her drive for political revenge.

They say Democrat Kathleen Kane was incensed about a news article that faulted her for not charging anyone in a statehouse bribery sting.

So they say Kane leaked grand jury material to the media to embarrass the former staff lawyer she thought planted the story. The documents showed he had similarly dropped an investigation into an NAACP leader.

Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry says the NAACP official became collateral damage in Kane’s “war” on former staff lawyer Frank Fina.

The defense tells jurors in opening statements Tuesday that Kane wouldn’t have risked her career over a feud with Fina. The trial is expected to last a week.


1 a.m.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A jury of six men and six women has been seated to decide if Pennsylvania’s attorney general leaked grand jury information and lied about it under oath.

Kathleen Kane’s perjury and obstruction trial comes a year after she was indicted over the 2014 leak to a Philadelphia newspaper.

The first-term Democrat insists she did nothing wrong. But prosecutors say she exposed details of a 2009 investigation into a civil rights leader who was never charged.

Kane did not run for re-election. She says the charges are payback for her crusade to root out judges, lawyers and others who traded racist, sexist and pornographic emails.

Lawyers questioned 100 potential jurors behind closed doors Monday at the suburban Philadelphia courthouse. The trial is expected to last about a week.

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