The Latest: State's top prosecutor ordered to stand trial

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 24, 2015 at 3:41 p.m.



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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The latest from the preliminary hearing for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):

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5:30 p.m.

A judge has ordered Pennsylvania's top prosecutor to stand trial on charges she leaked secret grand jury information and lied about her actions under oath.

The ruling Monday came after a hearing in which a lawyer for Attorney General Kathleen Kane tried to get at least some of the charges dropped.

Kane is charged with one felony count of perjury, and misdemeanor counts of official oppression, obstruction and false swearing.

She has denied any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors allege she leaked grand jury information from a 2009 case to embarrass a rival prosecutor.

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3:45 p.m.

A lawyer for Pennsylvania's attorney general says charges that she used her position to smear a civil rights leader's reputation are moot because he'd already been the subject of negative newspaper articles.

Attorney Gerald Shargel sparred with a judge Monday over the validity of official oppression and conspiracy charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Shargel argued at the evidence hearing that a former NAACP leader's reputation was damaged when articles dating to 2010 alleged issues with his finances. Shargel said he couldn't lose his reputation a second time.

Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information related to the case to the press. She's also accused of lying to a grand jury about her involvement.

A judge is expected to rule on sending Kane's case to trial.

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12:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania's attorney general has arrived at a courthouse for a preliminary hearing on charges she leaked grand jury material to the press and lied about it under oath.

Kathleen Kane didn't speak to reporters as she walked into a courtroom Monday at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

The first-term Democrat hasn't entered a plea.

She says she committed no crimes in her feud with rival prosecutors, including top deputies who left her office.

Kane faces up to seven years in prison on the most serious charge, perjury. She's also accused of ordering aides to illegally snoop through computer files.

Lawyers in the case expect the hearing to wrap up by day's end.

Prosecutors say investigators will testify about most of the evidence, but other witnesses could take the stand.

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