PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Kathleen Kane announced her resignation as Pennsylvania’s attorney general on Tuesday, one day after being convicted in her criminal trial. The top prosecutor will step down from her office by the end of the work day on Wednesday.PHILADELPHIA WEATHER GUIDE: How Much Snow Will Major Nor'easter Dump On Your Area?
Former Montgomery County district attorney and commissioner, and Kane’s number two, Bruce Castor, announced at a press conference on Tuesday that he will succeed her as attorney general through the election.
A Montgomery County jury convicted Kane on all nine counts of perjury and related charges on Monday. Kane was convicted of deliberately releasing information to get revenge against former Philadelphia state prosecutor Frank Fina. Prosecutors say Kane did it after bad press.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Gives Winter Weather Briefing
In a news conference, Castor asked a peppering of questions from reporters in Harrisburg and said that he is ready to take the helm until the election.
“Once the jury has spoken, it becomes difficult for any law enforcement officer to have credibility with even the appeal of the criminal conviction of a serious nature ongoing,” Castor told reporters on Monday.10 Injured In Frick Park Bridge Collapse In Pittsburgh, Officials Say
Kane was not taken into custody on Monday night and will report to court in Montgomery County on October 24 to learn of her sentence. She could face at least seven years behind bars for her conviction and a possible fine.