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Trial judge delays decision in Melvin's sentencing

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 14, 2013 4:10 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's trial judge has postponed a decision on whether to delay her entire sentence while she appeals her conviction.

Allegheny County Judge Lester Nauhaus is angry because Melvin's attorneys got the Superior Court to delay a portion of her campaign corruption sentence requiring her to end autographed apologies on pictures of herself in handcuffs to other state judges.

Nauhaus contends Melvin must either serve her entire sentence -- which also includes three years' house arrest and a $55,000 fine -- or none of it during the appeal.

Nauhaus planned to rule on the matter Thursday, but postponed that until Friday morning after Melvin's attorneys argued that he can't revisit the sentence during the appeal. Nauhaus planned to research the issue in the meantime.

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