The judge who sentenced former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin said his decision to hold a resentencing hearing was due to a technicality.
The 57 year-old Melvin had been sentenced on May 7 to three years of house arrest, and her sister and former aide, Janine Orie, was sentenced to one year of house arrest and two years probation for using Melvin’s staff and the staff of a third sister in election campaigns in 2003 and in 2009. The third sister, former state Senator Jane Orie, is serving a two-and-a-half to ten year prison sentence following her conviction on similar crimes.
This week, Judge Lester Nauhaus resentenced Melvin to three consecutive one-year terms of house arrest, stating that his originally sentence may not have technically been correct. Melvin has also been sentenced to serve community service time at a Pittsburgh Hill District soup kitchen, and has been ordered to pay $127,000 in fines and court costs.
Melvin stepped down from her Supreme Court seat earlier this month. Governor Tom Corbett has not yet named her successor on the bench.