- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to forging voter signatures on nominating petitions so he could succeed his retiring father as a local district judge.

Thirty-four-year-old Jared Kane pleaded guilty to forgery, false swearing, and filing nomination petitions with forged signatures. He was immediately sentenced to 18 months’ probation after Wednesday’s plea.

Kane’s attorney, Al flora Jr. says Kane cooperated with investigators and simply made a foolish mistake after he misplaced a petition to get on the Republican ballot in last year’s primary. Flora says Kane had enough valid voter signatures on his petition to run as a Democrat, but fudged signatures on the Republican petition he filed.

Local judicial candidates often run on both tickets in the primary.

Kane lost the election to succeed Wilkes-Barre District Judge Martin Kane.

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