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Article published May 6, 2013
Ex-state Justice Melvin gets house arrest, probation
PITTSBURGH — Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced this morning to three years of house arrest followed by two years of probation for illegal political campaigning. Allegheny County Judge Lester Nauhaus today also fined Melvin $55,000. He ordered her to have her picture taken and send the photograph with an apology to every judge in the state to make amends for the abuse of her office. Melvin was convicted of using her former court staff — and that of her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie who represented part of Butler County — on her political campaigns. Melvin’s third sister, Janine Orie, was also sentence today to one year of house arrest and two years of probation for the illegal campaigning, which she helped coordinate.