Orie's attorney calls new charges 'vindictive maneuver'

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The attorney for state Sen. Jane Orie this morning called the new charges filed against her a "vindictive maneuver" designed to influence his client's pending appeal before the state Superior Court.

William Costopoulos said in an emailed statement that all of the relevant factual allegations were before Ms. Orie's jury during her first trial on charges that she misused her public office, staff and resources to perform campaign work. The case ended with a mistrial when the prosecution presented evidence that documents submitted by the defense had been doctored.

In the affidavit of probable cause filed yesterday, the Allegheny County District Attorney's office accuses Ms. Orie, R-McCandless, of forgery, perjury, obstruction and tampering with evidence.

Mr. Costopoulos, who filed an appeal claiming that his client cannot be retried based on double jeopardy, called the timing of the new charges "suspicious."

Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.


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