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In a 109-page response written by deputy district attorney Michael W. Streily, the filing strikes back point by point at the appeal filed by Melvin in December. "None of appellant's claims establish that Judge [Lester] Nauhaus denied her a fair trial,
It is likely that Orie will walk out of the State Correctional Institutiton at Cambridge Springs in Crawford County around midmorning, after completing necessary paperwork and "packing out" her cell, said Amy Boyland, a spokeswoman for the prison.
Prosecutors were overly broad and unconstitutional in seizing computers, office equipment and servers in the case of convicted former state Senator Jane Orie, her attorney said today in an appeal before the state's Superior Court. Such a move was
The brief, filed last week, accused the trial judge, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus, of demonstrating "judicial bias" by offering "personal opinions and improperly commenting on the evidence in front of the jury," and therefore
Following a parole hearing before two board members, the panel this week agreed that Orie should be released. According to the court decision, Orie's release is based on "your positive institutional behavior, the positive recommendation made by the
Over the objections of the former state Supreme Court justice's defense attorney, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus ordered Orie Melvin's house arrest and probation to be temporarily lifted, and corrections officials to take all
Melvin as part of her public corruption sentence to sign photos of her in handcuffs and send them to judges statewide, but that portion of the sentence was halted by the appellate court. In a tense hearing this afternoon, the judge said he wanted to
The order caused speculation Friday that Orie Melvin could be facing jail time after the state Superior Court issued an opinion earlier in the week staying the portion of her criminal sentence requiring her to write letters of apology...Nauhaus, who
The defense requested a stay on the portion of the sentence requiring written letters of apology saying that they would violate her right against self-incrimination. In a 17-page opinion, a three-judge panel of the court agreed...Donohue wrote in the
A temporary stay granted in Superior Court last week meant Melvin did not have to fulfill that portion of her corruption sentence while the appellate court considered whether it is illegal because she claimed it required her to incriminate herself.