Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, now in jail, has been disbarred in Pennsylvania.
Kane voluntarily tendered her resignation from the practice of law, the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said in an order Friday. Her law license was suspended in September 2015, after she was criminally charged for leaking confidential grand jury information and lying about the leak under oath.
Kane was found guilty on all charges in 2016, and was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail.
She appealed the conviction, arguing several points, including that all of the judges in Montgomery County should have recused themselves from the bench during her case—alleging they had connections to the grand jury investigation of her conduct—and that prosecutors used vindictive tactics to secure her conviction.
In a published opinion last May, a three-judge panel of the Superior Court rejected each of her arguments, unanimously upholding her conviction.
“The mere fact that some judges of a particular court may have some familiarity with a particular case has not been held to be a basis for recusal of an entire bench of judges,” Judge Anne Lazarus wrote in the court’s opinion. Additionally, there was no evidence of a vindictive prosecution, Lazarus said.
After the Supreme Court denied her petition for allowance of appeal, Kane reported to jail in November.
Attorney Joshua Lock, who represented Kane in the appeals process, did not immediately return a call for comment Friday afternoon.
Kane’s slow-motion fall from grace began with the revelation in 2014 that she had shut down a political corruption investigation that eventually resulted in a series of guilty pleas in a prosecution revived by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. It continued as Kane—as the jury found—broke the law in the process of seeking revenge on Frank Fina, the former prosecutor she believed let loose the information to the media that led to her public embarrassment.
In addition to criminal charges, Kane faced a series of lawsuits filed by employees and former employees of the Office of Attorney General. Last November, the OAG agreed to settle a case brought by two agents who had alleged that Kane retaliated against them and tried to damage their reputations after they testified before a grand jury about an OAG investigation Kane shut down, paying $75,000 to the two agents, Michael Carlson and Michael Cranga.