DA: Attorney General Kane Will Face Additional Perjury Charge

- Officials in Montgomery County have announced additional charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced Thursday that Kane will now face charges of perjury and other related offenses.

Authorities say the charges stem from evidence proving that Kane lied in her sworn testimony before the 35th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury.

During her sworn testimony, the DA says Kane repeatedly claimed she had never signed a secrecy oath for the 29th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury.

That particular grand jury had conducted the investigation of former NAACP head J. Whyatt Mondesire.

Kane's testimony claimed that because she had not signed the oath, she could not be held criminally culpable for leaking the grand jury information to the press.

Back in August, Kane was charged with obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, abuse of office/official oppression, criminal conspiracy, perjury and false swearing.

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The Montgomery County DA alleges that Kane "orchestrated a leak of confidential investigative information and secret grand jury materials."

They say she then "set on a path to conceal her actions," including lying to the grand jury.

According to the District Attorney, the leaks were meant to be a retaliation "against former state prosecutors whom she believed had embarrassed her in the press," adding that, "evidence shows that General Kane undertook these actions seeking vengeance and retribution against other law enforcement professionals."  

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office  began an investigation after a December 2014 referral from Judge William Carpenter of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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