Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was convicted today following four days of jury deliberations. She was convicted of using government funds and staff to campaign for the Commonwealth’s highest court in both 2003 and 2009. Her sister Janine Orie was also convicted. The jury couldn’t come to agreement on one charge of official oppression. The sisters can join former State Senator Jane Orie in state prison. This is proof that the family which corrupts together gets to stay in prison together. The Justice now must be removed from the Court and Gov. Corbett will appoint a replacement who will serve the balance of her ten year term.
I heard a lot of rumors about how the former Superior Court Judge was conducting her 2009 campaign and knew it was rife with corruption. I wrote about some of those allegations at the time.