Charges Against Ex-Pa. Justice Constitutional, Court Hears

Law360, Philadelphia (February 7, 2014, 6:14 PM EST) -- Prosecutors urged a Pennsylvania appeals court Friday to reject arguments from Joan Orie Melvin, the ex-justice of the state's highest court convicted for ordering her publicly-funded staff to conduct political work, that charges against her unconstitutionally infringed the judiciary's ability to police its own members.

Prosecutors from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office told the Superior Court that a provision of the Pennsylvania Constitution giving the state Supreme Court sole power to discipline members of the judiciary did not bar prosecutors from bringing criminal charges against...
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