Tuesday, May 8, 2012

State Senator Suspended

The web page of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board reports the interim suspension of a state senator as a result of a recent criminal conviction.

Details from Pennlive.com:

Republican state Sen. Jane Orie has been convicted on 14 counts of theft of services, conflict of interest, and forgery but acquitted of 10 other counts including perjury and document tampering that stemmed from her testimony before a judge declared a mistrial last year.

Prosecutors said the Pittsburgh-area lawmaker used her state-funded legislative staff since 2001 to perform campaign work for herself and a sister, state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. Melvin wasn't charged.

Orie's conviction Monday means she'll almost certainly be removed from office and lose her state pension. She was elected to the Senate in a 2001 special election to fill an empty seat, and has been re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

(Mike Frisch)

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