SCRANTON, Pa. — Convicted former Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane is asking a judge to order her estranged husband to immediately provide $1 million of about $6 million she contends she should receive in their divorce.

Kane filed a petition last Thursday saying she needs a partial distribution of joint assets held by Christopher Kane to pay attorney fees as she prepares for sentencing and appeal of her perjury conviction, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2cdbEWe) reported.

The petition said she is now unemployed and has no income other than the alimony and child support he pays for their two sons, which court records show totals $19,000 a month. It argues that he would be credited for any money paid once the distribution is finalized, and he has an interest in her having the best defense possible “to avoid any negative effects” on their children from her incarceration.

Kathleen Kane is a Scranton native who in 2012 became the first woman and first Democrat to be elected Pennsylvania’s attorney general. She resigned Aug. 17, two days after her conviction on charges she abused the powers of her office by leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and then lied under oath to cover it up. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24.

Earlier this year, Christopher Kane sought to halt alimony payments, alleging Kathleen Kane intentionally delayed resolution of their divorce and that she spent about $500,000 of campaign funds for defense fees — money that he contends is his because he loaned the campaign $1.75 million.

She, meanwhile, accused him of improperly draining about $1 million from a joint investment account without her knowledge. A judge previously ordered him to pay her $100,000 in marital assets based on that allegation.


Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/