Cops, Courts and Fire

Former PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane Reports To Prison

Kathleen Kane watching a 2015 drug investigation take place in Philadelphia.
Credit: PA Internet News Service

Kathleen Kane used to send people to prison. Now, she is an inmate at one.

The disgraced former Pennsylvania attorney general arrived in a pickup truck to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Lower Providence on Thursday morning. Escorted by a corrections officer, she entered the prison to be booked for her stay of 10 to 23 months.

Kane, a 52-year-old Democrat, was convicted in 2016 of nine criminal charges, including perjury and conspiracy. She was sentenced to jail time and eight years on probation.

According to prosecutors, Kane was involved in leaking grand jury documents. Kane then lied about her actions under oath.

Kane was ordered to report to the correctional facility Thursday morning by a Montgomery County judge on Tuesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided not to take up her appeal to the sentence.

In a last-ditch attempt to delay the start of her prison term, Kane’s attorney wrote that she needed more time to set up care for her two teenage sons. Kane and her husband are divorced.

The state’s former top law enforcement officer said at the time of her conviction that she did not care what happened to her but was most upset at the impact it will have on her kids.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office assisted with Kane’s trial.

Once a rising star in Democratic politics, Kane was elected in 2012 to become the state’s attorney general. She was the first woman to hold the post. She worked her way from an attorney to a Lackawanna County prosecutor. Kane’s law license was taken away after charges were filed against her and stepped down after her conviction.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001