The Latest: Closing arguments held in attorney general trial


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the perjury and obstruction trial of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

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

The defense is giving closing arguments Monday in Kathleen Kane’s perjury and obstruction trial in suburban Philadelphia.

Defense lawyer Seth Farber says Kane felt the public should know her predecessor had failed to prosecute a case involving an NAACP official.

But he says she did not authorize the leak of secret criminal files.

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

Kane could be sent to prison for up to seven years if convicted of felony perjury. She didn’t testify or call any witnesses.

The governor’s office says Kane could remain in office if convicted while she appeals.

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1 a.m.

Jurors could soon start deliberating in the perjury and obstruction trial of Pennsylvania’s attorney general.

Kathleen Kane has decided not to testify or call any defense witnesses.

The first-term Democrat is accused of leaking secret grand jury files to a newspaper to embarrass a rival prosecutor and lying about it under oath.

Her former campaign manager says he conspired with her on a cover story to frame her chief deputy.

The consultant, Josh Morrow, admits lying to the grand jury and received immunity for his testimony last week.

Witnesses say Kane was incensed about a news story that questioned her decision to drop a statehouse bribery probe. They say she blamed prosecutor Frank Fina and sought revenge by leaking a story about him.

Closing arguments are set for Monday.

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