May 18, 2012

Justice Orie Melvin Charged With Campaign Corruption

Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin illegally used her state-funded staff in her campaigns for a seat on the state's highest court in a scheme that also involved the judge's sister, a senator awaiting sentencing on similar charges, prosecutors said Friday.
           Orie Melvin "actively condoned and even promoted" campaign-related activity by state-paid workers while she was a Superior Court judge, according to a grand jury presentment, which described a "tale of corruption" involving her two sisters — state Sen. Jane Orie and Janine Orie. Jane Orie was convicted in March of 14 similar criminal counts.
           Orie Melvin was scheduled to surrender to authorities later Friday to face nine criminal counts.  Click Here for the full article.