Jurors selected for Orie Melvin trial
Janine Orie and suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin walk toward the Allegheny County Courthouse this morning. Jury selection has started in the trial of Justice Orie Melvin.
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In jury selection that began this morning, attorneys trying the case against suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin agreed upon 12 jurors and four alternates.
There are nine women and three men on the jury; two men and two women are alternates.
The jurors include a 29-year-old billing clerk, a bank employee and two mothers of younger children.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus said the trial will begin Friday and last more than four weeks.
Justice Orie Melvin is charged with seven criminal counts related to using her judicial staff to campaign for the high court. Also charged is her sister Janine Orie, who worked as her administrative assistant.
First Published January 23, 2013 11:29 am