Pennsylvania's attorney general has been found guilty of perjury

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Pennsylvania attorney general found guilty

Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane was convicted on all accounts in a trial stemming from a political rivalry with an opponent, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The jury in the trial found Kane guilty of all charges which included two counts of perjury and 10 misdemeanor counts of abusing the powers of her office.

Kane became Pennsylvania's first female elected as attorney general in 2013 and was seen by many as a rising star among Pennsylvania Democrats.

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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, file photo, provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane appears in a booking mug taken in Norristown, Pa. Kane, the stateâs first elected female attorney general, vows to fight perjury, obstruction and other charges for allegedly leaking secret grand jury material to embarrass rivals and then lying about it under oath. Sheâs also fighting to keep her job _ her law license was suspended, and some lawmakers are trying to remove her using an obscure provision of the state constitution. (Montgomery County District Attorney's Office via AP, File)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after a hearing Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg, Pa. Judge John Cleland order Kane to attend a closed-door hearing to be questioned under oath about any leaks by prosecutors or a judge of secret grand jury material from the child sexual abuse investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, far right in red, follows her identical twin sister Ellen Granahan Goffer, left, into courtroom B at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., for a preliminary hearing on perjury, false swearing and obstruction of justice charges on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images)
Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks out of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., surrounded by her security detail on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, after a preliminary hearing on charges against her including perjury, false swearing and obstruction of justice. She is being held for trial. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the State Supreme Court room, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia. The court heard arguments on the legality of a special prosecutor who led a grand jury investigation. The grand jury has recommended perjury, obstruction and other charges against Kane. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the State Supreme Court room, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia. The court heard arguments on the legality of a special prosecutor who led a grand jury investigation. The grand jury has recommended charges against her. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks to the State Supreme Court room, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia. The court is set to hear arguments on the legality of the special grand jury probe of Kane, which recommended charges against her. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Attorney General Kathleen Kane, center right, walks away at the end of news conference Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Philadelphia. Court documents released Wednesday show a grand jury has concluded there are reasonable grounds to charge Kane with perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction after an investigation into leaks of secret grand jury material. In an unrelated public appearance Wednesday in Philadelphia, Kane maintained her innocence. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman listens to a question during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Norristown, Pa. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged Thursday with leaking secret grand jury information and lying about her actions under oath.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane congratulates Governor Tom Wolf following his inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, U.S. January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Makela/File Photo
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in her perjury and obstruction trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Norristown, Pa., (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, second left, and members of her legal and security teams, prepare to leave the Montgomery County Courthouse and await a verdict, in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Kane was convicted Monday of all nine charges against her in a perjury and obstruction case related to a grand jury leak but insisted she's innocent and vowed to appeal. Kane, the first Democrat and first woman elected to the office, showed little emotion as jurors announced their verdict Monday. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane talks with an agent from her office outside the Montgomery County courtroom during a break in her trial on Thursday, August 11, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Kane, a first-term Democrat, is accused of leaking secret grand jury documents to the press and lying about it under oath. (Art Gentile/Bucks County Courier Timesvia AP, Pool)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane returns from the afternoon break to the Montgomery County courtroom where her trial for leaking grand jury testimony and then lying about it is underway Wednesday. Aug. 10, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Kane is charged with perjury and obstruction for allegedly publicizing grand jury files about an investigation of a civil rights leader. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaves the courtroom for a short recess on the second day of her trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Kane faces perjury and other charges related to the alleged leak of secret grand jury materials. (Dan Gleiter/PennLive.com via AP, Pool)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, center, accompanied by her attorney Gerald Shargel, left, departs after a pretrial hearing in her grand jury leak case, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the press, lying under oath and ordering aides to illegally snoop through computer files to keep tabs on an investigation into the leak. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference in Scranton, Pa., Tuesday Feb. 16, 2016. Kane said she will not seek a second term, facing pressure from within her own party after being hobbled for months by criminal perjury charges and the suspension of her law license. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speak during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Kane announced a new effort to investigate pornography and other lewd emails exchanged among prosecutors, judges and others inside government. Kane's law license is currently suspended while she awaits trial on charges she leaked secret grand jury material to a newspaper and lied about it. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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She allegedly disclosed confidential grand jury documents from a 2009 investigation to a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News in June 2014. The story that appeared in the newspaper was highly critical of former state prosecutor Frank Fina.

"She knew it was wrong, she knew it was against the law, and she didn't care ... She did it for revenge. And after that happened, she covered it up with lies," Michelle Henry, who joined Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele in prosecuting the case, told the jury, according to the Inquirer.

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Kane's frosty relationship with Fina originates from a March 2014 Inquirer story that accused her of covering up an investigation in which city officials were allegedly seen accepting bribes. She believed Fina was responsible for planting the story in the newspaper.

Kane lied under oath about her involvement in the scandal, the jury found.

Kane has yet to say whether she will resign.

The feud between Kane and Fina stretched on for years. The Inquirer has the full story here»
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