White-Collar Crime

Law License of Pa. State Senator Is Suspended Following Conviction in Political Corruption Case


The law license of a Pennsylvania state senator has been suspended after her March conviction in a political corruption case, the Legal Profession Blog reports.

Sen. Jane Orie was acquitted on 10 counts but found guilty of 14, including theft of services, forgery and conflict of interest, the Associated Press reported at the time.

The Pittsburgh-area Republican was accused by prosecutors of using her taxpayer-funded legislative staff in 2001 to perform campaign work both for herself and a sister, state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. Melvin has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Orie’s sentencing is scheduled on May 21, and she plans to give up her senate seat before then, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Lawyer, Who Is a Pa. Senator and Sister of a Top Judge, Is Charged with Perjury re Alleged Fake Docs”

ABAJournal.com: “Investigators Seize Pa. Lawmaker and Ex-Prosecutor’s Computers in Evidence-Tampering Probe”

Associated Press: ”Sen. Jane Orie’s theft conviction could mean bad news for her judge sister”

Post-Gazette: “Orie used campaign funds for legal costs”

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