TribLIVE

| News


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

Judge sets trial date for Joan Orie Melvin and her sister for Jan. 23

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Tribune-Review

Published: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 2:38 p.m.

The public corruption trial of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister and former aide Janine Orie will be held early next year.

Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus scheduled the trial for Jan. 23.

Melvin, 56, of Marshall faces seven charges, including four felonies, while Orie, 58, of McCandless faces four charges, including one felony. They are accused of using Melvin's former taxpayer-funded Superior Court staffers to run Melvin's 2003 and 2009 campaigns for a Supreme Court seat.

A third sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, was convicted in March on similar charges and sentenced to 2 1⁄2 to 10 years in prison.

The Republican Orie family has called the sisters' prosecution politically motivated, a claim that District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., a Democrat, denies.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Legal experts question prosecuting South Fayette boy for recording bullies
  2. South Fayette parents express dissatisfaction with handling of bullying
  3. Defense experts tell of disease they say claimed 4-month-old from Castle Shannon whose father is charged with homicide
  4. South Fayette mother wants case against bullied son to be dropped
  5. For undercover officer who tried to nab Lawrence County flasher, work can be ‘drag’
  6. Leader guided changes at Robert Morris
  7. Newsmaker: Dr. Jan Janecka
  8. Comedian Gallagher gets his money from North Versailles promoter
  9. Allegheny County employees sticking with Highmark to save money, send message
  10. Moon school hiring under fire
  11. Methane emission levels by shale natural gas drillers disputed by EPA, researchers
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.