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New charges for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane

Many readers are aware that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been charged with multiple federal offenses based on a 2009 incident in which information was leaked to a newspaper. Those charges include perjury and conspiracy. Kane has maintained her innocence in the matter, and she continues to do so after new charges were recently added. Those new accusations include another count of perjury at the felony level, as well as two misdemeanor charges of obstruction and false swearing.

The new charges stem from a search of Kane's Harrisburg office in late September. During that search, authorities allegedly found a document in which Kane and others undertook a signed secrecy oath regarding grand jury panels. In earlier testimony, Kane asserted that she was not sworn to secrecy in such matters.

The existence of the oath is said to have been disclosed to authorities by members of Kane's staff. The oath was signed before Kane and others were able to participate in a meeting concerning the investigations into the Attorney General's office. Within the one paragraph oath, Kane and other aides swore to maintain silence on matters related to grand jury panels.

Kane has testified that neither she nor her aides were sworn into secrecy concerning the 2009 grand jury. She recently released a statement to proclaim her innocence in the matter and to say that no matter how many charges she faces, she will continue to work against what she claims is a network of individuals who are attempting to discredit her. As of the time of this report, she continues to serve within her office as Pennsylvania Attorney General.   

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Pennsylvania attorney general charged with 2nd perjury count after signed secrecy oath found", Maryclaire Dale and Mark Scolforo, Oct. 1, 2015

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