Trial date set for Orie, sister

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An Allegheny County judge this morning set a date for the criminal trial of state Sen. Jane Orie, and her sister, Janine Orie.

Jury selection for the case is scheduled to begin on Feb. 7. All pre-trial motions in the matter must be filed by Nov. 8, to be followed by a hearing on those issues before Judge Jeffrey A. Manning on Dec. 13.

Jane Orie, R-McCandless, is charged with 10 counts, including theft of services, tampering with evidence, conspiracy and violating the state ethics act. Janine Orie faces charges of conspiracy and theft of services.

Both women are accused of using the senator's staff on state time to work on the 2009 campaign of another sister, Joan Orie Melvin, in her successful bid for a seat on the state Supreme Court. Janine Orie worked on Justice Melvin's court staff, and is currently on leave.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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