Defense: Kane’s prosecution ‘vindictive,’ ‘extraordinary’

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives for 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 arrives for 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) – Lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane say she was unfairly targeted over a grand jury leak by “vindictive” political rivals.

Kane’s lawyers have filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss her criminal leak case based on “selective and vindictive prosecution.”

Kane is leaving office this year after having her law license suspended because of the charges.

The first-term Democrat is accused of leaking secret grand jury material to a newspaper to embarrass rivals and lying about it under oath.

She has pleaded not guilty.

Defense lawyers in a motion Wednesday say “leaks of grand jury material are not uncommon” but prosecutions are “extraordinary.”

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, and state Sen. John Rafferty, a Republican, won Tuesday’s primaries and will square off in November to succeed Kane.

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