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John Burkoff on Guilty Verdict in Justice Melvin Trial

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February 21, 2013

Pitt Law Professor John Burkoff commented on the verdict in the trial of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister and former administrative aide, Janine Orie. The jury found both guilty on all but one count of corruption for using state-paid staff members to run Melvin's campaigns in 2003 and 2009. While the judge did not set a date for sentencing, Orie's attorney said he will request probation for his client. Burkoff, who has been following the trial since the beginning, believes both women will face some jail time. "I think this shows nobody is above the law. Not even the Orie sisters," he said.

Read the entire Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here.

Burkoff also appeared on the Mike Pintek Show on KDKA Radio Thursday to discuss the verdict. Click here to play the audio.

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