It took a while, but Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s disgraced former Attorney General, was convicted last week of multiple criminal charges. The New York Times explains:
A jury found Ms. Kane, 50, guilty of nine criminal charges, including perjury and criminal conspiracy, convicting her of leaking grand jury information, and then lying about it, in an effort to discredit a political rival.
Ms. Kane was caught up in a web of scandal and counterscandal, threaded with lewd emails, political rivalries and alleged leaks. It has cost other state officials, including two State Supreme Court justices, their jobs and Ms. Kane her law license, although she has remained on the job as attorney general.
She remained on the job only until Wednesday night, when her resignation took effect.
From the beginning, Kane’s tenure as AG was shot through with political hackery. One of her first moves as AG was to roll over and refuse to defend the state’s marriage law after left-wing activists challenged it in court.
What ultimately brought her down, though, was her decision to shut down the state’s undercover investigation into widespread corruption among Democratic politicians in Philadelphia. As if that weren’t bad enough, Kane tried to defend herself from the ensuing firestorm by slandering the lead prosecutor and agent on the case through strategic leaks of grand jury information. And then she lied to a grand jury about the leaks.
Kane may now be facing prison time, but she says she has no regrets. I doubt that. Either way, resigning may end up being the best decision she ever made as attorney general.