Former Pa. attorney general ordered to begin jail sentence this week

Former Pa. attorney general ordered to begin jail sentence this week
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Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) will head to jail Thursday, more than two years after she was convicted on charges related to leaking grand jury documents to exact revenge on a political rival. 

Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy on Tuesday said that Kane must be at a Montgomery County jail by 9 a.m. Thursday to begin serving her 10- to 23-month sentence, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Kane was previously free on bail as she appealed her October 2016 conviction on nine counts, including perjury, obstruction and abuse of office.

But Demchick-Alloy ordered Kane to jail after the state Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear the former prosecutor's appeal in the case, according to local media reports.

The charges were related to Kane's leak of grand jury documents in 2014 in an effort to harm her political rival, former state prosecutor Frank Fina.

Kane believed that Fina was behind a story in the Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News that she shut down a sting investigation against Democratic politicians in Pennsylvania.  

Kane was the first Democrat and the first woman to be Pennsylvania's attorney general since it became an elected office in 1980.