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Supreme Court Justice And Sister Convicted In Corruption Trial

February 22, 2013

State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister, Janine Orie, were convicted Thursday of corruption for allegedly using state-paid staff workers to do election campaign work.

It is believed that Melvin is just the second justice of the state’s highest court to be convicted of a crime.

Melvin and Orie were both convicted of six counts for work reported to have been done on Melvin’s Supreme Court election campaigns in 2003 and in 2009.  The charges also include conspiracy, theft of services and the misappropriation of state property.  Jurors said they were deadlocked on a count of official oppression against Melvin.

Sentencing dates have not been set.

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