AG Kane won’t seek hearing on leaked FBI recordings

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. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the press, lying under oath and ordering aides to illegally snoop through computer files to keep tabs on an investigation into the leak. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the press, lying under oath and ordering aides to illegally snoop through computer files to keep tabs on an investigation into the leak. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has withdrawn a court motion that accused prosecutors of leaking FBI recordings in her criminal case to a newspaper.

Kane’s lawyer has also decided not to try to file a separate prosecutorial misconduct motion under seal.

A suburban Philadelphia judge questioned Kane under oath about the change of strategy. Kane said she agrees with it.

Defense lawyer Gerald Shargel said after a hearing Wednesday that the issue had become “a distraction” and doubted they could ever find the “culprit.”

Kane is accused of leaking grand jury material to a Philadelphia newspaper to embarrass rivals.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele calls the claim that his office leaked the FBI phone tapes to an Allentown newspaper “meritless.”

Kane remains in office but won’t seek re-election.

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