Jane Orie's lawyer: Senate search set bad precedent

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 10, 2013 6:13 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- The lawyer for a former state senator serving prison time for public corruption is telling an appeals panel she's hoping to preserve the sanctity of Senate records from overreaching prosecutors.

A three-judge Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has heard arguments in the appeal by former state Senator Jane Orie.

She's scheduled for release in February from a 2.5 to 10-year prison term.

Defense attorney Bill Costopoulos had argued a raid of Orie's Senate office in 2009 could set a bad precedent, when investigators seized computer hard drives.

Costopoulos says the 52-year-old Allegheny County Republican also wants to clear her name. A prosecutor argued the conviction should stand.

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