Ex-attorney general may seek non-jail sentence for perjury

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 former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane are hinting they will seek probation or house arrest when she is sentenced on perjury and obstruction charges.

They have filed papers asking for a home confinement assessment. The defense argues that Kane is a first-time, non-violent offender and the primary caregiver for her two children.

The 50-year-old Kane is set to be sentenced Oct. 24 on two felony and seven misdemeanor counts.

A jury in August found she leaked grand jury documents to a newspaper and lied about it under oath. Kane stepped down after the conviction.

Her lawyers say she faces a guideline range of probation to nine months in jail.

However, Montgomery County prosecutors could ask for a much longer prison term. They have not yet filed their sentencing memo.

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