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Senate caucus lawyer expected to testify at Orie trial

| Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The attorney for the Pennsylvania Republican Caucus is expected to take the stand this afternoon in the case against state Sen. Jane Orie.

Attorney Matthew Haverstick waited in the hallways of the Allegheny County Courthouse this morning waiting to be called as two more Orie staffers testified they did at least some political work on state time. Haverstick is expected to provide testimony about documents involving Orie that were scanned into Senate computers.

The corruption retrial against Orie entered its 12th day today. Prosecutors continued to present evidence against the former majority whip to back up their allegations that she directed her state-paid staff to do political work on state time. Orie, 50, a McCandless Republican, is facing 26 criminal counts stemming from two cases.

Her first trial ended in a mistrial last March after Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning found her defense introduced forged documents as evidence.

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