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Published: Tue, August 16, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Closing Arguments Held in Attorney General Trial


King and the consultant, Josh Morrow, testified against Kane last week.

Morrow, who had a grant of immunity, said he and Kane devised a cover-up story that framed King for the leak.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, in his closing arguments, referred only obliquely to the credibility attacks on his main witnesses, saying they were not on trial.

A Scranton native, Kane, 50, of Waverly Twp., is the state's first elected Democratic and female attorney general. She faces up to seven years in prison on the felony perjury charge. The misdemeanor charges facing Kane include conspiracy, official oppression and false swearing.

Prosecutors wrapping up a perjury and obstruction trial against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane say she abused her power when she leaked secret criminal files to exact revenge.

In their closing argument, prosecutors told jurors they didn't prove Kane's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt - but instead "beyond all doubt".

They say email evidence, text messages and a secretly recorded phone call all point to Kane knowing about the leak.

Pennsylvania's attorney general blames her former top aides for the leak of grand jury material that embarrassed a rival.

The state constitution says she would have to resign if found guilty of crimes involving her office.

Farber says top deputy Adrian King went beyond his authority to get the files to a reporter through Kane's political consultant.

If Kane is convicted, an appeal is likely, as Kane was barred from presenting a defense that she was a victim of a "vindictive and selective" prosecution. Kane, who decided against running for re-election in November, chose not to testify in her own defense. According to trial testimony, Kane believed Fina had planted a story that showed she had dropped a statehouse sting. They say she blamed prosecutor Frank Fina and sought revenge by leaking a story about him.

The jury of six men and six women is to begin deliberating Kane's fate after hearing closing arguments from both sides and receiving instructions from Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy.

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