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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 11:22 a.m.

Attorneys on Thursday selected one additional juror to hear the corruption case of suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister and former judicial staffer Janine Orie because a juror selected on Wednesday had a personal obligation.

Twelve jurors and four alternate jurors will begin hearing opening statements in the trial Friday before Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus. The trial is expected to last about four weeks.

Melvin, 56, of Marshall, is accused of illegally using her taxpayer-funded Superior Court staff to work on her 2003 and 2009 campaigns for the Supreme Court. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Melvin has been suspended from the high court since May 18. The state Court of Judicial Discipline halted her $195,309 annual salary in August.

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