Jury deliberating case of Orie Melvin breaks for the day
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The jury deliberating the case of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister, Janine Orie, broke for the day about 4 p.m.
The panel has been deliberating for about eight hours over two days.
Justice Orie Melvin is charged with using her judicial staff to help run her campaign for the state's high court in 2003 and 2009.
Her sister worked for her as an administrative assistant. The women also are accused of using the legislative staff of another sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie.
Trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus began Jan. 25.
Justice Orie Melvin is charged with seven criminal counts, including theft of services, criminal conspiracy, misapplication of government funds, official oppression. Janine Orie is charged with theft of services, misapplication of funds, tampering with evidence, criminal solicitation and conspiracy.
First Published February 19, 2013 4:33 pm