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John Burkoff on Effect of Orie Trial Testimony on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

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March 12, 2012

An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer urged Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin to "take a break" from the bench in light of allegations that she participated in the use of workers on the payroll of her sister, State Sen. Jane Orie, in Justice Orie Melvin's own election campaign.  The editorial quoted Professor John Burkoff, saying that Justice Orie Melvin's continuing presence on the Supreme Court "casts a cloud over all of the court's deliberations."  

See the Philadelphia Inquirer editorial here.

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