TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Judge denies Orie Melvin claim of immunity

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Related Stories

Daily Photo Galleries

Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
 

An Allegheny County judge on Friday denied a motion by suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, who argued that her job as a judge made her immune to criminal prosecution.

Judge Lester G. Nauhaus said Melvin will stand trial on charges she used her Superior Court office to run for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2003 and 2009.

Melvin's attorney argued that her prosecution was “unprecedented and constitutionally flawed” because of the separation of powers of the executive and judicial branches of government.

Nauhaus said it was not.

Melvin, 56, of Marshall and her sister and former judicial staffer Janine Orie, 58, of McCandless are scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 23.

An Allegheny County jury in March convicted a third sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, of similar charges. She is serving 2 12 to 10 years in prison

Adam Brandolph is a reporter for Trib Total Media.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Starkey: Steelers still knockin’ on Canton’s door
  2. Pitcher Arrieta, Cubs shut down Pirates in victory at PNC Park
  3. Heyward-Bey looks to make impact on special teams with Steelers
  4. Murrysville oncologist says he had necessary permits to hunt, kill lion
  5. Steelers notebook: Spaeth on baby watch
  6. Perfect storm rains heroin, pain pills onto Mon Valley
  7. Philanthropist and one-time GOP powerhouse Elsie Hillman dies at 89
  8. Steelers defensive end Tuitt shifts into high gear
  9. Esmark CEO Bouchard: Steel industry ‘weathered through the storm’
  10. N.C. State was best fit for former Lincoln Park star Rowan
  11. Gameday: Pirates vs. Cubs Aug. 5, 2015