Kathleen Kane sentenced

Kathleen Kane’s defense rests without calling a single witness

“As I sit here and listen to the Commonwealth’s case,” Kane told Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, “I don’t believe it’s necessary for me to testify in my own defense.”

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane takes a morning break during the fifth day of her trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Friday, August 12, 2016.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane takes a morning break during the fifth day of her trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Friday, August 12, 2016.

Dan Gleiter, PennLive.com / Pool Photo

NORRISTOWN — Kathleen Kane took the stand Friday, but only so the judge could ask her necessary questions — did she speak English, was her body free of drugs — that proved she was choosing to not testify on her own will.

“As I sit here and listen to the Commonwealth’s case,” Kane told Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, “I don’t  believe it’s necessary for me to testify in my own defense.”

And that was it. That was the end of Kane’s entire defense. It rested just before noon without calling a single witness. Kane’s perjury and obstruction case will resume Monday, with attorneys expected to give their closing arguments and Demchick-Alloy to charge the jury.   

Before resting, Kane attorney Seth Rosenblum motioned for all the charges to be acquitted. Demchick-Alloy dismissed the motion, with Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele bringing up key parts of evidence and testimony the Commowealth had put forth this week.

Much of that evidence came Thursday. Former Kane consultant Joshua Morrow testified Kane asked him to the leak secret grand jury documents that were used in a June 6, 2014 Daily News article as a means of exacting revenge on former Office of the Attorney General employee Frank Fina. The prosecution provided text messages and a recorded phone call of a conversation between Morrow and John Lisko from April 22, 2014 in which Morrow told Lisko Kane had documents for him to leak.

The prosecution wrapped up its case Friday morning, calling Chris Brennan, who authored the allegedly leaked story, and Katherine Hicks, who was J. Whyatt Mondesire’s fiancé. Brennan, using his rights under Pennsylvania’s Shield Laws, declined to reveal his source for the Daily News story.

Kane’s defense’s decision to not call any witnesses was yet another bombshell in a trial that’s seen many the last two days. But then again, in the realm of Pennsylvania politics, how shocking was it?

On cross-examination, one of Kane’s attorneys asked if as a someone who covered politics in this area he was surprised to learn Mondesire had allegedly diverted checks to the NAACP to the other charity he was involved with.   

“Almost nothing,” Brennan said, “surprises me.”

Related coverage

Want some more? Explore other Kathleen Kane sentenced stories.

Mornings are for coffee and local news

Billy Penn’s free morning newsletter gives you a daily roundup of the top Philly stories you need to start your day.

You finished another Billy Penn article — keep it up!

We hope you found it useful, fun, or maybe even both. If you want more stories like this, will you join us as a member today?

Nice to see you (instead of a paywall)

Billy Penn’s mission is to provide free, quality information to Philadelphians through our articles and daily newsletter. If you believe local journalism is key to a healthy community, join us!

Your donation brought this story to life

Billy Penn only exists because of supporters like you. If you find our work valuable, consider making a sustaining donation today.

Being informed looks good on you

Thanks for reading another article, made possible by members like you. Want to share BP with a friend?