PITTSBURGH (AP) — Suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was convicted Thursday of six of seven campaign corruption charges while her sister Janine Orie was convicted of the six counts she faced.
Jurors said they were unable to reach a decision on one count: a charge of official oppression against Melvin, who was accused of firing her law clerk when she objected to doing political work in 2003.
The sisters were found guilty of theft of services and criminal conspiracy.
They were charged with conspiring to use Melvin’s state-funded judicial staff — and the state-funded staff of a third sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie — to campaign for the Supreme Court when Melvin was a Superior Court judge in 2003 and 2009.
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