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John Burkoff Comments on Calls for Justice Orie Melvin to Resign

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January 12, 2012

As calls mounted for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin to resign, Professor John Burkoff urged caution.  Justice Orie Melvin and her sisters, State Senator Jane Orie and Janine Orie, have been under investigation for political corruption; a trial of Jane and Janine Orie ended abruptly when forged documents were entered into evidence by defense counsel.  Justice Orie Melvin, who has not yet been charged, received a grand jury subpoena and a target letter in the investigation in December.  Professor Burkoff cautioned that while it was important for Justice Orie Melvin to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, "everyone is to be presumed innocent, and that applies to judges."


See the Tribune-Review article here.

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