Court Ruling Clears The Way For Kathleen Kane's Criminal Trial

Aug 5, 2016

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after a pretrial hearing in her grand jury leak case, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.
Credit Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's highest court has declined to intervene in the criminal case against the state's top prosecutor. Jury selection is set to begin outside Philadelphia on Monday.

The Supreme Court on Friday turned down Attorney General Kathleen Kane's request that it take up her claim that the grand jury that investigated her was unlawful and unconstitutional.

The first-term Democratic attorney general was charged last year for leaking secret grand jury information to seek revenge on her rivals and then lying about it to a separate investigating grand jury.

The Supreme Court in March 2015 ruled that a county judge had legal authority to appoint the special prosecutor in Kane's case. Her lawyers have argued that attorney lacked authority to act as a prosecutor.

A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County prosecutors handling the case declined to comment. Kane's lawyers didn't immediately respond.

Kane isn't running for a second term.