University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff on Orie Case's Impact on State Supreme Court Justice

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January 25, 2012

Amidst calls for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin to step down given the possibility of political corruption charges against her,  and the looming re-trial of the case against her two sisters, Professor John Burkoff told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the time for action had not yet arrived.  The media have reported that Justice Orie Melvin has received both a target letter and a subpoena from the grand jury investigating the case, causing some to call for her to leave the bench immediately.  Professor Burkoff counseled caution.  "She hasn't been indicted and she hasn't been charged," he said. "If that happens, then I agree she should step down."


Read the Philadelphia Inquirer story here.

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