Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane begins serving her prison term

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane reported to prison Thursday morning after a judge denied an 11th-hour request to delay her sentence.

Kane arrived at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility just before 8 a.m. to begin serving her 10- to 23-month sentence for perjury, obstruction and related offenses.

Her last-ditch effort to delay her prison term was denied Wednesday. Kane and her attorney claimed she needed extra time to finalize arrangements for her son. Kane, 52, has primary custody of her two sons, ages 16 and 17.

The motion, filed before Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, asked for a hearing or conference, or a “brief extension,” that would have allowed Kane to remain free long enough to solidify childcare arrangements with her ex-husband and family.

That motion was denied by Demchick-Alloy, who determined there was no longer any reason for Kane to remain free.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele issued the following statement:

“Kathleen Kane reported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility
this morning. It has been a long path to get to this final accountability for the
former PA Attorney General’s crimes, but with Kane now behind bars it closes
this unfortunate chapter for the people of Pennsylvania. As the jail door shuts
her in, a strong message is being sent that no one is above the law. No one. Not
even the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the Commonwealth. Kane not only
abused her power to serve a personal vendetta, she committed criminal acts by
disclosing secret Grand Jury and investigative information and then giving
false testimony under oath to try and cover up what she had done. For those
criminal actions, a jury of 12 women and men from Montgomery County found
her guilty of all nine crimes before them, and a judge imposed this sentence of
10 to 23 months to be followed by a long probationary term. The harm caused
by the defendant’s actions affected a victim and his loved ones, a proud office
of men and women in law enforcement, and the citizens of our State. We
believe that today, justice has finally been served on behalf of the people of
Pennsylvania.”

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