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State Superior Court denies ex-Sen. Jane Orie's corruption appeal

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Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:54 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld former state Sen. Jane Orie's conviction and sentence on corruption charges Thursday, a month after her release from prison.

Superior Court Judge Paula Ott upheld the former Senate Republican whip's June 2012 conviction for using state-paid staff for campaign work and forging documents, among other charges, and her prison sentence.

In her appeal, Orie claimed there was not enough evidence to support her conviction.

The District Attorney's Office declined comment. Orie's attorney, William Costopolous, did not return calls.

The decision means Orie, 52, of McCandless will not get her pension back, and cannot run for office again. She can appeal to the court to hear her arguments again, or to the state Supreme Court.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or

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