Judge sets May 7 sentencing for Joan Orie Melvin
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 4:09 p.m.
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Allegheny County Judge Lester Nauhaus has scheduled suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's sentencing for May 7, the judge's staff said Wednesday.
A jury on Feb. 21 found Melvin, 56, of Marshall guilty on six criminal charges dealing with her misuse of state-paid employees to campaign for a seat on the high court in 2003 and 2009. The jury deadlocked on a seventh charge of official oppression.
The jury also convicted her sister and former staffer, Janine Orie, 58, of McCandless on six related charges. Information on her sentencing date wasn't available. A third sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, 51, of McCandless is serving 2 1⁄2 years to 10 years in state prison on similar charges.
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Maximum prison sentences are in order for these and any other public servants who violate the law and voters' trust. Nothing less will deter those who follow them into political service. I just wish they served their sentences in something less pleasant than minimum security facilities.