Ex-Pa. Justice Melvin gets house arrest, probation

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been sentenced to three years of house arrest followed by two years of probation for illegal political campaigning.

An Allegheny County judge on Tuesday also fined Melvin $55,000. He ordered her to have her picture taken and send the photo to every judge in the state with an apology for abusing her office.

Melvin was convicted of using her former court staff — and that of her sister, a former state senator — on her political campaigns.

A third sister, Janine Orie, was also sentenced to one year house arrest and two years’ probation for her role in the illegal campaigning.

Former state Sen. Jane Orie is serving jail time for misusing her own staff for political purposes.

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