University of Pittsburgh

Burkoff on Allegedly Forged Documents and the Orie Trial

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March 7, 2011

Professor John Burkoff told WTAE-TV that the allegedly forged documents that caused a mistrial in the political corruption case against State Sen. Jane Orie could have grave consequences for the defense in the case, and for Senator Orie herself.  Burkoff compared the situation to the Watergate scandal, in which the attempt to cover up the initial crime led to Richard Nixon’s downfall. As in Watergate, according to Professor Burkoff, “you have a criminal problem and the possible cover-up becomes as bad or worse than the crime itself.”


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