A judge who served as a prosecutor in Philadelphia and Montgomery County will preside over the trial of state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.
Wendy Demchick-Alloy was chosen by Montgomery County Court President Judge William J. Furber Jr. last month to replace him in the case.
Furber said in a Dec. 14 news release that his increasing responsibilities as president judge and other duties would prevent him "from devoting sufficient time to the proper handling of this case."
Demchick-Alloy has been a judge since 2010. Previously, she worked in the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, heading the grand jury, major crimes, and sex crimes units.
She served as a Philadelphia prosecutor in the 1980s.
Kane faces 12 charges, including two felony counts of perjury, in connection with what prosecutors say was an illegal effort to leak confidential grand jury material to a Philadelphia Daily News reporter and then lie about it.
Kane is a Democrat. Demchick-Alloy and Furber are Republicans.