Judge in Orie Melvin case grants three prosecution requests

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The judge presiding over the trial of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin granted a number of prosecution requests Friday for the case, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday with jury selection.

Prosecutors filed a motion Thursday seeking to bar the justice from presenting evidence that she refused a pay raise; that her sister, Jane Orie, was found not guilty on charges related to Justice Orie Melvin's campaign; and that the justice contends that the charges against her are politically motivated.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus did not rule Friday on the prosecution's fourth request: that Justice Orie Melvin may not raise at trial information about an unidentified woman contracting a sexually transmitted disease from a man the woman had been seeing.

Justice Orie Melvin is charged with seven criminal counts related to using judicial staff and resources to run for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the following correction:

A news brief Saturday about the case of suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin incorrectly reported that the presiding judge ruled on a prosecution request to prohibit the defense from addressing at trial the identity of a woman who filed a federal lawsuit against a man she claims gave her a sexually transmitted disease. Allegheny Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus has not yet decided the matter.

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