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Justice Joan Orie Melvin convicted

Published by James O'Toole on .

State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister, Janine Orie were convicted Thursday of using state resources for the justice's election campaigns.  Paul Reed Ward has the story over on the main site:

"A jury found suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin guilty on all but one counts today. Her sister, Janine Orie, was found guilty on all but one count.

"The sisters [were] charged with misapplication of government funds, theft of services and conspiracy for allegedly using the justice's former Superior Court staff and the legislative staff of a third sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, to run campaigns for the Supreme Court in 2003 and 2009. The jury was hung on one count of official oppression against Joan Orie Melvin.

"Justice Orie Melvin, 56, is accused of using her judicial staff to run election campaigns for herself for the Pennsylvania high court in 2003 and 2009.

"Among the allegations are that staffers wrote speeches, drove her to campaign events and worked the polls.''

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