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Orie to stay in jail during appeal

| Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Former state Sen. Jane Orie will not get out of prison while she appeals her case, an Allegheny County judge ruled Tuesday.

Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning denied a request from the former senator to get out while she appeals her 14 convictions of using Senate staffers for campaign work and introducing forged documents during a trial.

Orie's attorney, William Costopoulos, filed the request Friday. He did not return a call for comment.

Orie, 50, is at the women's state prison in Muncy in Lycoming County, serving a 2 12- to 10-year sentence. Prison officials said she could be eligible to move to Cambridge Springs in Crawford County after processing at Muncy. Cambridge Springs generally houses lower-risk female offenders.

Manning has until July 4 to decide how much money the McCandless Republican must pay in restitution. Prosecutors suggested that amount could be about $2 million. A jury convicted her in March, and Manning imposed the sentence last month.

Orie, who served 11 years in the Senate, is seeking a new trial or a reduction in her sentence. Manning has yet to rule on those requests.

Mike Manko, spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., declined to comment.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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