Former Justice Orie Melvin Files Appeal

JusticeOrieMelvinDisgraced former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin filed an appeal today to the Superior Court for her public corruption conviction, the Pittsburgh newspapers are reporting.

Melvin was convicted of six criminal counts earlier this year, including three felonies, for misusing her judicial staff and aides to her sister, former State Sen. Jane Orie, to campaign for her Supreme Court elections in 2003 and 2009.

Two weeks ago, Melvin was sentenced by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus to serve three years house arrest and pay $55,000 in fines plus $70,000 in additional costs, including $25 per day for her home monitoring system. Melvin was also ordered to serve in a soup kitchen three times per week and can only leave her house for church.

Most controversially, Melvin was ordered to take a photo in handcuffs and send a copy to every judge in Pennsylvania along with a handwritten apology.

“I don’t believe that Joan Melvin is an evil person, but I do believe that her arrogance is stunning,” Nauhaus said at the sentencing.

“This isn’t a parking ticket,” the judge said, addressing Melvin. “Your children’s mother is a convicted felon.”

A hearing for the appeal has been scheduled for July 19.

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