Orie Melvin's Sentence Stayed

, The Legal Intelligencer


A stay has been entered, delaying for now the sentence of former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin stemming from her conviction on political corruption charges.

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  • Critic of Pennsylvania's Kangaroo Courts

    Yeah, sure. Orie Melvin gets a stay on her light sentence. But let Tyrone from up the block get caught stealing a snicker bar. How many stay will his sentence receive? Melvin should be sentenced to hard time underneath SCI-Graterford for pretending to be "honorable" and abusing her authority. And so should the trial judge who gave her that "creative" sentence. How many "creative" sentences would an average citizen get for the same thing? Yeah, sure. Go Pa.


    Did Zappala ever answer the question why his name didn't appear on 2007 and 2008 tax forms for the PCA?

    "It’s unclear what (the senior) Zappala did for the PCA; he’s not mentioned on its 2007 and 2008 federal tax forms,” the Allentown Morning Call pondered in 2010. “But Zappala and his daughter, Michelle Zappala Peck (the DA’s sister – ed.), the PCA’s bookkeeper, earned over $409,000 in 2008 even though the group did nothing publicly until October 2009, when it issued several press releases in support of table games legislation.”

  • Larry Hohol

    My guess is that she simply said, "Hell no, if you make me do this I will spill some very big beans". All I see here are a bunch of crooks going after one of the crooks who wouldn't play ball.

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