Former Pa Supreme Court Justice Avoids Jail Time

05.08.13 |

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin avoided prison time Tuesday for her campaign corruption conviction but was ordered to send a letter of apology to every judge in the state because she abused her office. Melvin and her sister and former aide Janine Orie each received house arrest for illegally using the judge's state-funded staff as part of her two campaigns for a seat on the state's highest court. An Allegheny County Judge chided Melvin for engaging in crimes of "arrogance" and ordered her to immediately have her picture taken by a county photographer for inclusion with the hundreds of apology letters she must write.