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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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 congratulates Governor Tom Wolf following his inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, U.S. January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Makela/File Photo

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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