Convicted Ex-Pa. Justice Wins Stay On Signed Apology Letters

Law360, New York (November 6, 2013, 6:52 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court Wednesday stayed part of convicted Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s criminal sentence that required her to write apology letters to other state judges, saying it violates her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued the stay, saying the apology letters could potentially be used as evidence against the former justice in a later criminal proceeding, or a potential retrial, given that she’s currently appealing her corruption conviction and sentence. Melvin was convicted in...
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