The Latest: Pennsylvania prosecutor faces pressure to resign

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):

9:25 a.m.

Pennsylvania’s attorney general is facing growing pressure to resign after her conviction on charges she abused her office’s power to smear a rival and tried to cover it up.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says it’s time for Democrat Kathleen Kane to do the right thing and step aside. Top state senators threatened a vote ordering her removal from office under a constitutional provision never used in modern history.

Kane’s top deputy, Bruce L. Castor Jr., planned a news conference Tuesday afternoon to address questions.

Kane was convicted Monday night of perjury, obstruction and official oppression. Her lawyers say she’ll appeal.

Kane doesn’t have to resign immediately and could potentially stay in office through Jan. 17, when a new attorney general will be sworn in.


1:50 a.m.

Pennsylvania’s attorney general is expected to address her job status within the next few days after she was convicted of leaking secret criminal files and then lying about it.

Fifty-year-old Kathleen Kane showed little emotion Monday night as the jury convicted her of all nine counts, including two felony perjury counts.

Kane was accused of leaking grand jury secrets to embarrass a rival prosecutor, who she blamed for a critical news article.

She lost her law license over the charges and is fighting pressure to step down. Gov. Tom Wolf, a fellow Democrat, again urged her to resign.

Kane did not testify during the trial, but has said she believes she was targeted for unearthing lewd emails on state computers by what she calls an “old-boys network.”