Justices Suspend Orie Melvin in Wake of Charges

, The Legal Intelligencer


Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was immediately suspended by her fellow justices Friday after being charged in Allegheny County with nine criminal counts alleging she used legislative and judicial staff to perform campaign work.

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  • Craig Surrick

    Interesting that the author of the article mentions Rolf Larsen. Larsen was accused of the same thing in 1982 but was not asked to step down pending investigation. The opposite took place, he stayed in place and crushed his critics till he was removed on a trumped up charge. The difference here is that Larsen was in control and Melvin is not. The real investigation should be on who is doing what and, more importantly, why. Conflict of interest is an understatement. I prefer the word 'control'. Who has it and who doesn't. Author Robert Surrick, Esq, former member of the JIRB tried to point this out in his book, Lawyers Judges and Journalists, The Corrupt and the Corruptors, but nobody wants to believe that the judicial system is broken. As he wrote often in the book, '........and the band played on'.

  • Larry Hohol

    In order to protect the integrity of the Court!!!! What a pitiful comment. How about each and every Supreme Court Justice sign a sworn affidavit stating they have never used their staff for anything other than the business of the court and also a statement that they have never broken a law or decided a case on anything other than the facts and the law. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Does anyone see a conflict of interest here with the prosecuting DA being the son of former Chief Justice Zapalla???? It is public knowledge that Justice Orie has publicly criticized Papa Zapalla for his activity in the gaming industry. Who investigates the investigators?

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