TribLIVE

| News


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

State Supreme Court suspends Joan Orie Melvin's law license

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 4:18 p.m.
 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily suspended the law license of former Justice Joan Orie Melvin based on her February conviction on public corruption charges.

Allegheny County Judge Lester G. Nauhaus sentenced Melvin, 57, of Marshall last month to three years of house arrest followed by two years of probation and ordered her to pay $128,000 in fines, restitution and court costs after a jury found Melvin guilty of six counts, including three felonies, for using her Superior Court staff to campaign for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2003 and 2009.

The Supreme Court suspended Melvin's license based on Rule 214, which applies to attorneys convicted of crimes. The rule says Melvin may petition the court to review its order and request a hearing on the matter within 10 days. Melvin, who officially resigned her seat on the bench on May 1, is appealing her conviction.

Melvin's attorneys did not return calls for comment. Mike Manko, a spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., declined comment.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Alibaba stock soars in frenetic trading debut
  2. Pitt meets Iowa’s muscle
  3. White House targets sexual assaults on college campuses
  4. Inside the glass: Johnston’s opening practice grueling
  5. Steelers notebook: Ravens DL fined for hit on Roethlisberger
  6. Raucous sold-out crowd awaits No. 4 Sooners in Morgantown
  7. CDC backlog means W.Pa, likely won’t get respiratory virus diagnoses quickly
  8. PSU figures to flex its top-10 ground ranking Saturday
  9. Moore hopes to see red (zone) in Steelers debut
  10. Predictions are for lots of brilliant color this autumn
  11. Crews battling Oakmont church blaze
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.