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Former PA Supreme Court Justice Melvin resentenced

Written by The Associated Press | May 14, 2013 1:25 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's campaign corruption conviction won't just cost her three years on house arrest, she must also pay nearly $128,000 in fines, restitution and court costs.

At her resentencing today, Melvin agreed to pay nearly $6,600 in restitution owed by her sister and former aide, Janine Orie.

The sisters were convicted of conspiring to use Melvin's former Superior Court staff and the state-paid staff of a third sister, former Republican state Senator Jane Orie, to work on Melvin's 2003 and 2009 Supreme Court campaigns.

Melvin was brought back for resentencing on a technicality so the judge could ensure that her house arrest was served as part of the county's intermediate punishment program, under which she'll be confined to her home with an electronic ankle bracelet.

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