The Kane story takes the final, inevitable turn

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane officially lost her law license recently and was disbarred, a few months after she began a jail sentence for perjury, obstruction and other counts.

It was the closing of a sad chapter for the state’s legal system and Kane, who was embraced as a Democratic rising star after being elected as the state’s first female attorney general in 2012.

Prior to that, the Scranton native was a former assistant county prosecutor.

Hers is a story we wish had turned out differently, underscoring that the highest leadership positions in government need not be reserved for the well-financed and well-known.

But everything changed when she was convicted of leaking information about a grand jury investigation to a Philadelphia newspaper and lying about it. She resigned shortly after that, remained out on bail while appealing and recently began serving a 10- to 23-month sentence.

Kane leaked the information because she believed two former state prosecutors provided information for an earlier story that revealed her decision not to pursue charges in a separate corruption case.

Her root motives, that she was unfairly exposed, are somewhat understandable.

But the legal system of Pennsylvania simply cannot survive its top prosecutor leaking grand jury information and lying about it.

In an era when leaking legal matters seems to be a pastime, citizen faith that grand jury matters on any level will remain private needs to be restored.


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