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Article published September 18, 2012
Ex-Sen. Orie’s attorney lists appeal issues for court
PITTSBURGH — The attorney for former state Sen. Jane Orie has filed a list of 12 alleged errors by the judge who presided over Orie’s trial and sentencing on public corruption and forgery charges. The document, known as a Concise Statement of Errors Complained of an Appeal, is meant to notify Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning and the district attorney’s office of the issues defense attorney William Costopoulos plans to raise in Orie’s pending Superior Court appeal. She represented the 40th District, which included southern Butler County. Orie is serving 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison for using her state-funded legislative staff to do political fundraising and campaign work and forging documents used in her defense before a judge declared a mistrial during her first campaign corruption trial last year. The district attorney’s office did not immediately return calls this morning for comment.