A Montgomery County judge has rejected Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's attempt to have the criminal case against her dismissed on the ground that she was a victim of vindictive prosecution.

In a one-sentence order Monday that offered no explanation for the decision, Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy denied Kane's motion.

Kane's attorneys had argued in court motions that the charges against her should be dropped because her political rivals launched the criminal investigation to stop her from releasing information about them - including the exchange of pornographic emails on state computers.

District Attorney Kevin R. Steele called her claims frivolous and irrelevant to the case against her for perjury and other charges.

Prosecutors say she illegally leaked secret grand jury information in a bid to embarrass a rival and later lied about it under oath. She has pleaded not guilty, and her trial is scheduled for August.

Kane, a Democrat, is not seeking a second term in the November election.

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