Orie Melvin Guilty on 6 of 7 Counts
Pa. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is guilty of 6 out of 7 counts of corruption, a jury found Thursday afternoon.
She and her sister Janine Orie used public employees for campaign work and other related activities.
“Although the jury acquitted her of one count, Melvin, 56, will likely be stripped of her seat on the state’s highest court, and will likely lose her pension,” reported Adam Brandolph of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
She’s only the second justice ever to be removed from the bench on the grounds of criminality. The Republican from Allegheny County was elected to the high court in 2009.
Her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie (R-Allegheny), was convicted on similar grounds in 2012.
Pending any appeals, her soon-to-be-vacant seat will be filled by a nominee of Gov. Tom Corbett’s choosing per the state constitution. The replacement justice will serve until his or her replacement is elected during the 2015 campaign.