Pa. court grants Orie Melvin's motion to consolidate appeals

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The state Superior Court has granted a motion to consolidate two pending appeals filed by former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Her attorneys asked the court earlier this week to consolidate appeals from her conviction, as well as the November stay of her sentence by Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus.

The appeal from her trial was already slated for argument on May 20.

Based on the order issued Thursday, the court agreed that both issues will now be argued on that date. The Superior Court set a schedule for the defense to file its supporting brief by May 12, with a response from the Allegheny County district attorney's office due May 19.

Orie Melvin was found guilty last year of theft of services for using her judicial staff and that of her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie to run election campaigns in 2003 and 2009. She was sentenced to serve three years house arrest and send a photograph of herself in handcuffs to every judge in the state with an apology. However, Judge Nauhaus stayed his sentence after the defense filed its appeal.

Also, Superior Court Judge Paula Francisco Ott today denied a request by Orie Melvin to recuse herself.

Paula Reed Ward:, 412-263-2620 or on Twitter @PaulaReedWard.


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