House arrest and probation for former PA Supreme Court justice

Written by The Associated Press | May 7, 2013 11:13 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been sentenced to three years of house arrest followed by two years of probation for illegal political campaigning.

Allegheny County Judge Lester Nauhaus on Tuesday also fined Melvin $55,000. He ordered her to have her picture taken and send the photo 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, a former state senator -- on her political campaigns.

Melvin's third sister, Janine Orie, was also sentence Tuesday to one year of house arrest and two years of probation for the illegal campaigning, which she helped coordinate.

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