From the AP:
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The lawyer for the sister of state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin says the justice will be the focus of an Allegheny County grand jury expected to convene “shortly.”
James DePasquale represents Janine Orie, Melvin’s sister who has been suspended with pay from her $67,000-a-year job as Melvin’s aide.
Janine Orie was suspended after she and a third sister, state Sen. Jane Orie, a Pittsburgh-area Republican, were charged in April with using the senator’s legislative staff to do campaign work for the senator and Justice Melvin on state time.
DePasquale told The Associated Press Wednesday he learned two weeks ago that District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. was going to convene another grand jury to “focus on Justice Melvin.”
The Ories have denied wrongdoing, and DePasquale says he’s seen no evidence Melvin has done anything wrong. Melvin and her attorney have not returned calls for comment.
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