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Neuman: Convicted State Supreme Court Justice Must Resign

'The jury has spoken and it’s in the public’s best interest to move forward with replacing Justice Orie Melvin on the bench,' the state representative said.

State Rep. Brandon Neuman today called on convicted Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin to resign following her conviction in a public corruption trial in Pittsburgh.

“Justice Orie Melvin should immediately step down from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” Neuman, D-North Strabane, said. “The jury has spoken and it’s in the public’s best interest to move forward with replacing Justice Orie Melvin on the bench.”

An Allegheny County jury convicted Orie Melvin on six counts for using her judicial staff and the Senate staff of her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, to do work on her unsuccessful campaign for Supreme Court in 2003 and her successful run for the court in 2009.

Orie Melvin was suspended from the court when she was charged last May.

“We have been without a sitting justice on the state Supreme Court for long enough,” Neuman said.

Neuman said if Orie Melvin does not resign he is prepared to file a petition in the state House calling for the impeachment process to begin.

“The conviction of a Supreme Court justice for corruption requires immediate action.” Neuman said.

The last time the Legislature embarked on the impeachment process was in 1994 with Rolf Larsen, the last Pennsylvania justice to be convicted of a crime while in office, according to The Morning Call.

"Impeachment could embroil Harrisburg for months in an embarrassing spectacle. The Larsen impeachment resolution was introduced in May 1994. The Senate convicted him in October," the paper reported.

 

Joe Ellipses February 22, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Too True...
Bob Zanakis February 22, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I am just curious as to why Allegheny County prosecuted when Corbett's reign as Attorney General went after legislators, why didn't he go after judges who did the very same thing? Wonder if the Judical Board of Review received any complaints on the Justice as they have the power to remove those that committ unethical acts and they too have the power to prosecute.
Insider Eyes February 23, 2013 at 05:10 AM
Typical Brandon Neuman- cheap headlines about something he has nothing to do with. Do you really think one of the most junior members of the minority party is going to be a player in the impeachment process? Funny how Neuman put his big statement out AFTER two senior Republican reps- Speaker Sam Smith and Glen Grell had already done the same. That reminds me- you made a bunch of noise about going after Tom Corbett on the Sandusky stuff, and then you never did anything about it. You're not Lieutenant Governor yet, Brandon, so please stop acting like anyone cares about your fake crusades.

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