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Melvin to be resentenced on technicality

Written by The Associated Press | May 14, 2013 6:41 AM
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(Pittsburgh) -- Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is scheduled to appear before a judge to be resentenced on campaign corruption charges.

Allegheny County Judge Lester Nauhaus says Tuesday's proceeding won't change Melvin's sentence of three years' house arrest, but it will change the way the term is structured to help the sentence withstand an appeal.

Nauhaus last week sentenced Melvin to three concurrent three-year terms of house arrest. The judge says he'll change that to three consecutive one-year terms.

Melvin and her attorneys and county prosecutors have not commented on the resentencing or the reasons for it.

Nauhaus has been alternately praised and criticized for ordering Melvin to be photographed while handcuffed so she can send the picture along with a court-ordered apology to hundreds of state judges.

That portion of the sentence isn't expected to change.

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