Accused Pa. High Court Judge Seeks Separate Trial From Sister

Law360, New York (August 10, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT) -- Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin requested Wednesday that her prosecution over charges that she used her staff to work on her re-election campaigns be kept separate from the one facing her sister, who was charged with participating in the alleged scheme.

In a memorandum filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Justice Orie Melvin argued that the charges levied against her were fundamentally different from those faced by her sister, Janine Mary Orie, a longtime aide. Justice Orie Melvin contended that...
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