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Pennsylvania's top prosecutor will find herself at the defense table in the first evidence hearing on charges she leaked grand jury material to the press, lied about it under oath and ordered top aides to illegally snoop through computer files to keep tabs on the investigation that followed.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane insists she committed no crimes in her long feud with rival prosecutors, including top deputies who had left her office.

"The vast majority of preliminary hearings result in a ruling favorable to the state," lead defense lawyer Gerald Shargel said Friday. "But I think that the hearing on Monday is an important event in the timeline of this case."

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman made the final decision to charge Kane, following the similar recommendation of a grand jury overseen by a county judge.

Ferman applauded veterans of Kane's office who cooperated "at great risk to themselves, personally and professionally." She credited them with "tremendous courage."

It's unclear if any of them will testify at Monday's preliminary hearing, or if detectives will instead outline the case in the effort to show probable cause and send the case to trial.


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