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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.

Joe The Nerd Ferraro February 21, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Please underline and highlight the word REPUBLICAN JUDGE. Please underline and highlight the word REPUBLICAN JUDGE. Please underline and highlight the word REPUBLICAN JUDGE. REPUBLICAN JUDGE. REPUBLICAN JUDGE. REPUBLICAN JUDGE.
Curmudgeon February 21, 2013 at 09:56 PM
@Joe: You're correct, and the article should have said so. It also should have commented on the ongoing dispute between her and the DA of Allegheny County. She is a disgrace to her position and those who put trust in her!!!
patrick February 22, 2013 at 04:20 AM
2 more pubs go down, 2 less voters for the GOP. REPUBLICAN=CORRUPT
TiTimothy February 22, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Wow! it's not a Democrat this time! It's gonna snow!
Lorraine Brown February 22, 2013 at 01:35 PM
ALL politicians are corrupt...anyone who thinks it's only one party is kidding themselves. Hello, Jesse Jackson's son!!!
Mohandus Frieri February 22, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Republican judge!
John Q. Public February 22, 2013 at 01:47 PM
This is getting so much attention because she is a Republican, not the usual, corrupt Democrat. However, people are people and breaking obscure campaign rules happens in both parties.
Anti-statist February 22, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Pity the fools that buy into the partisian bickering. Wake up. It all is in the name of keeping the public's eye off the real issues. They play us like fools while robbing us of what is ours. (Social Security and Medicare close to bankrupt according to their outgoing administrators.) One term in office and they get a full pension and health care. They are robbing us blind even when they don't break the rules. Our President is said to to be for the middle class. Protecting us from global warming, the rich, joblessness, Wall Street. And how does he show it? Flies in his 747 to Palm Beach for a long weekend burning more fossil fuels than the average poor person burns in their lifetime. ( This, 6 weeks, after his Hawaian vacation that would be most middle class families dream vacation of a lifetime!) He holds $50,000 a plate dinners to be bought off by the rich on Wall Street. Fifteen percent unemployment while continuing to over regulate ever aspect of our lives. Pushing "Gun Safety" laws that do little or nothing to stop another mass murder from happening or the gangs from killing each other and their neighbors in the inner cities. WAKE UP! Turn off the game, your favorite sitcom or drama, and pay attention and make yourself aware what they are doing to us!
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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