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Former Justice Melvin to appeal corruption conviction to Superior Court

Written by The Associated Press | May 21, 2013 12:32 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- Attorneys for former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin have filed a notice that they intend to appeal her campaign corruption conviction and sentence to the state Superior Court.

The 57-year-old former justice was convicted in February of theft of services and other charges for allegedly using her former Superior Court staff and the state-paid staffers of her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie to work on 2003 and 2009 campaigns for Supreme Court.

Melvin is serving three years on house arrest and must pay $128,000 in various penalties including a $55,000 fine, restitution and court costs.

The notice of appeal filed Monday does not contain the reasons for the appeal, which her attorneys will spell out in legal papers in the coming weeks.

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