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Prosecutor: Orie Melvin conviction, sentence justified

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 7, 2014 1:27 PM
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Joan Orie Melvin

(Pittsburgh) -- The district attorney says former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's campaign corruption conviction, sentence and court-ordered apology should all be upheld by a state appeals court.

And if the apology - which Melvin was ordered to write to every judge in the state on copies of pictures of her in handcuffs - is overturned, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. says Melvin's entire sentence should be vacated.

That means a judge would have to re-sentence her.

Melvin's attorneys didn't immediately comment on today's Superior Court filing. But they argued in their own brief filed in December that County Judge Lester Nauhaus denied her a fair trial because he was allegedly biased against her in his rulings and comments during the trial.

Melvin was sentenced to three years' house arrest and other penalties.

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