Kathleen in Cuffs: The final chapter in the Kane Scrutiny

It's the final chapter of the Kane Scrutiny.

You don't need words. All you need is the picture that appeared on the front page of today's paper.

Yes, that is Kathleen Kane, the one-time top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania, leaving a Montgomery County courtroom in handcuffs.

Despite a plea from family - including her kids - and friends for leniency, Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy sentenced the one-time rising star of Democratic politics to 10 to 23 months in county prison.

Kane, the first woman and first Democrat ever elected attorney general in Pennsylvania, was whisked from the courtroom to prison, where she was booked. She was later released on $75,000 bail while she appeals.

The judge acknowledged the pleas for leniency, including an impassioned plea from Kane herself to stay out of the slammer, then dropped the hammer on the former A.G.v Kane wiped away tears as she told the judge she could not imagine being separated from her sons.

Demchick-Alloy was not swayed, noting that Kane was not thinking of them when she placed her hand on the Bible and lied to a grand jury.

None of this had to happen.

The reason it did was because of Kathleen Kane, and her hellbent push for revenge against a former prosecutor she believed was responsible for leaking a story that portrayed her in a light considerably less glowing that what she had become used to in her meteoric rise to power.

Along the way she created what one former aide described as a 'terror zone' inside the attorney general's office. It was left to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steel to remind Kane - and all of us - of a simple rule.

"Nobody is above the law."

Not even Kathleen Kane.

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