State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's staff will lose their jobs effective June 16th because she's been suspended and is not hearing cases while she fights campaign corruption charges.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday that the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts has decided to furlough eight Melvin staffers. Officials also decided to fire her sister, Janine Orie, who has been suspended as Melvin's aide since Orie was charged two years ago with conspiring to direct the state-paid staff of a third-sister, former state Senator Jane Orie, to do campaign work for Melvin.
The former senator was acquitted of related charges, but convicted and imprisoned for misusing her own staff to do political work for herself. Janine Orie is set to be retried on those charges in August along with new charges that she directed Melvin's former Superior Court staffers to campaign for the justice in 2003 and 2009.
Melvin faces a preliminary hearing on similar charges July 9th.
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