Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has issued an interim order suspending Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin without pay.
The court found no due process violation in such a suspension in light of pending criminal charges:
...in this case, what drives our decision is the nature and quality of Respondent's conduct. In examining that conduct we see this Respondent as so single-mindedly occupied with achieving personal aggrandizement that she pressured, intimidated and bullied her clerks and secretaries into performing work on her political campaigns in violation of a pledge each had made as a condition of their employment pursuant to an Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This intimidation and bullying was relentless and continued over long periods of time. Her chief clerk...practically begged her to stop demanding that the staff continue to violate the order prohibiting them from engaging in such political activity; but Respondent did not stop.
CBS Pittsburgh has this recent report on the criminal charges. (Mike Frisch)