Remember Kathleen Kane, the former Democratic Attorney General of Pennsylvania? The First Street Journal did several articles on her, noting her legal troubles, which eventually led to her conviction on several charges, and was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail.
While reading an article on alleged misconduct by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, I recalled Mrs Kane’s legal problems. While the photo shows the former Attorney General being led away in handcuffs, she was quickly released on bail as she filed an appeal of her conviction. So, when I did a google search, I found this article:
Updated on June 16, 2017 at 7:53 PM Posted on June 16, 2017 at 7:51 PM
Associated Press: The former Pennsylvania attorney general who’s been sentenced to jail for leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it said in an appeal filing Friday that a judge gave too much power to the special prosecutor who investigated her.Kathleen Kane argued in the document filed with Superior Court that Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter’s decision to give the special prosecutor grand jury authority was illegal and unconstitutional.
“While Judge Carpenter had the inherent authority to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a grand jury leak, no statute, rule of court, judicial opinion or other legal precedent authorized him to invest the special prosecutor with the authority to fully utilize the power of the investigating grand jury,” her lawyer wrote.
Once glamorized by The New York Times and declared the Democrats’ new “It Girl” by Real Clear Politics, Mrs Kane now has only jail forward to which to look. Disgraced, disbarred and divorced, she has little future ahead of her beyond working in a convenience store, unless she wins the ridiculous alimony she is seeking. Mrs Kane is currently receiving $350,000 in alimony and child support from her estranged husband, Christopher Kane of Kane is Able trucking, and is anticipating about $6 million in the final settlement.
Why do I bring this up now? Mrs Kane was sentenced a year ago, on October 25, 2016: if she had just bitten the bullet then, and started serving her sentence, she’d almost certainly be out of jail by now. Perhaps she would have avoided jail altogether in her appeal, but she’s been under heavy restriction while out on bail, not exactly jail but restriction nevertheless, and has little more freedom than she’d have had as a first offender in a minimum security facility.
Mrs Kane’s sons were aged 15 and 14 when she was sentenced, and she asked the judge not to send her to prison, not to separate her from her children. Now they are 16 and 15, and, had she gone ahead and done her time, she’d still be with them during their high school years. By not getting it over with, she could very well miss their high school graduations as her postponed sentence keeps hanging over her head.