Convicted Pa. Justice Says Charges Are Unconstitutional

Law360, Philadelphia (December 09, 2013, 3:48 PM ET) -- Ex-Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin urged a state appeals court on Wednesday to overturn her February corruption conviction on grounds that prosecutors had unconstitutionally slapped her with charges for noncriminal violations of internal judicial rules governing the use of court staff for political work.

The former justice told the state Superior Court that criminal charges filed by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office for conspiracy and diversion of services for allegedly ordering her court staff to work on her 2003 and 2009 political campaigns...
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