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John Burkoff on Impact of Sen. Orie's Cases on Sister, Justice Orie Melvin

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September 15, 2011

Professor John Burkoff commented in The Legal Intelligencer on the effects of the charges against State Sen. Jane Orie on her sister, Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.  The original charges, involving campaign work on state time, focused on Jane Orie's activities in Joan Orie Melvin's campaign for the state Supreme Court; Justice Orie Melvin has not been charged.  But according to Professor Burkoff, the ordeal has undoubtedly taken an emotional toll on Justice Orie Melvin.  Beyond that, Justice Orie Melvin could face her own legal troubles. "We know from what the Allegheny County district attorney has filed so far...[and we] also know that they're still investigating. What we don't know is whether they're going to bring charges against [Orie Melvin]."

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