April 7, 2010 Leave a comment
As expected, an Allegheny County grand jury has charged Republican Senator Jane Orie with illegally using her campaign office and state resources to conduct campaign work on behalf of her sister, Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.
Another Orie sister, Janine, has also been charged.
Orie serves as Majority Whip. It’s not clear yet whether she’ll step down from that post.
The allegations are similar to the crimes Attorney General Tom Corbett has charged 25 lawmakers and staffers with over the course of his three-year legislative corruption investigation.