Jane Orie plans to quit state Senate before sentencing

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State Sen. Jane C. Orie, R-McCandless, who has asked for a two-month delay in her sentencing on public corruption charges set for May 21, said she will resign from her post before then regardless of whether the delay is granted.

In a motion filed this week, her attorney, William Costopoulos, asked for the postponement for additional time to prepare as he collects reference letters on the senator's behalf to be made part of her pre-sentence investigation report.

Ms. Orie was convicted March 26 on 14 of 24 counts, including forgery, tampering with evidence, theft of services and ethics violations.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning is not expected to make a decision on the motion until at least next week.

The district attorney's office opposes a delay, a spokesman said.

In the two-page filing, Mr. Costopoulos wrote, "Sen. Jane C. Orie intends to formally resign from the Senate of Pennsylvania on or before May 21, 2012, even assuming this motion is granted."

Ms. Orie was convicted after a month-long trial. It was the second time the case against her was heard by a jury after the first trial in February 2011 ended in a mistrial when prosecutors accused the senator of submitting fraudulent documents to the court.

Since the verdict, Ms. Orie has been detained on home electronic monitoring. She is collecting her $82,026 salary as she awaits sentencing.


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


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