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PA Supreme Court Justice Convicted on Corruption Charges

An Allegheny County jury found Justice Joan Orie Melvin guilty of allowing her state-paid staff to perform campaign work.

An Allegheny County Common Pleas Court jury Thursday convicted suspended State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin on all but one count of using her former Superior Court staff, and the legislative staff of her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, to run campaigns for the Supreme court in 2003 and 2009, the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette reported.

The jury was hung on one count of official oppression against the suspended justice. 

Melvin will likely be stripped of her seat on Pennsylvania's highest court, and lose her pension, according to Politicspa.

Melvin's sister, Janine Orie, was found guilty on all counts, according to the PG. She worked as an administrative assistant to the justice.

Former Sen. Jane Orie is serving 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison for five felony convictions involving theft of service and conflict of interest for using her staff to perform political fundraising and campaign work.

If Melvin is removed from the bench, she will be the second justice ever to be removed from the bench on the grounds of criminality.

Lee February 22, 2013 at 04:44 PM
keep demonizing your neighbors and friends it won't help anything.
Lee February 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Agreed Goldwater, so neighbors Rep Dem and Indy, will you attend your local township mtgs and get involved and make our area corruption free? :) http://dbta101.wordpress.com/posts/
Anti-statist February 22, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I have been involved over the years. Latley I have been associated with a Libertarian and a Two Tea party groups. I would be interested in a group dealing with property taxes in the Methacton area
Cum Jizzington February 23, 2013 at 09:12 PM
15% unemployment?
Anti-statist February 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Last 12 months the U-6 unemployment figure is approximately 15%. Govt only reports the U-3 figure, which is best case. The U6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts "marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons." Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the "marginally attached workers" include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. The age considered for this calculation is 16 years and over.

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