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Philadelphia Daily News on Orie: Evidence “Stacking Up” Against Judicial Elections

The Daily News provided its take on Tuesday’s guilty verdict in Sen. Orie’s corruption trial, concluding that a cloud still hangs over Justice Orie Melvin that damages the Supreme Court’s integrity and furthers the call for a new system of judicial selection.

March 29, 2012

The Daily News provided its take on Tuesday’s guilty verdict in Sen.

Reactions to Sen. Orie Conviction

News sources have covered various aspects of yesterday's guilty verdict in the case of Jane Orie, the state Senator accused of using her legislative staff to work on election campaigns for her sister, Justice Joan Orie Melvin (among other charges).

March 29, 2012

News sources have covered various aspects of yesterday's guilty verdict in the case of Jane Orie, the state Senator accused of using her legislative staff to work on election campaigns for her sister, Justice Joan Orie Melv

Sen. Orie Found Guilty on 14 Counts

Jury deliberations in the trial of state Sen. Jane Orie ended Monday evening resulting in a mixed verdict. Sen. Orie was convicted of 14 charges including five felonies for theft of services, conflict of interest and forgery. She was acquitted on 10 additional counts including document tampering and perjury relating to her testimony in her trial last year that was eventually declared a mistrial.

March 27, 2011

Jury deliberations in the trial of state Sen. Jane Orie ended Monday evening resulting in a mixed verdict. Sen. Orie was convicted of 14 charges including five felonies for theft of services, conflict of interest and forgery. She was acquitted on 10 additional counts including document tampering and perjury relating to her testimony in her trial last year that was eventually declared a mistrial.

Sen. Orie Trial Recap

Jury deliberations have begun in the criminal trial of Jane Orie, the Allegheny County state Senator accused of using her taxpayer-funded legislative staff to work on political campaigns for both herself and her sister, now-Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

March 23, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Amidst Investigation of Court’s Guardian Program

The Lackawanna County Common Pleas Court and attorney Danielle M. Ross are named defendants in a federal lawsuit alleging that the Court’s policy of automatically appointing Ross as guardian ad litem in a myriad of divorce actions, along with Ross’s subsequent conduct as guardian, violated the constitutional rights of litigants.

March 21, 2012

New Video About Pennsylvania Superior Court on YouTube

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has produced and posted to YouTube a video explaining its work and operations.

March 21, 2012

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has produced and posted to YouTube a video explaining its work and operations.  Featuring several of the judges, including President Judge Correale Stevens, the video explains what the Court does, how the judges hear cases in panels, the role of the prothonotary, and the role of the Central Legal St

Improved PA Court Computer System Enables Online Payments

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts has created an online “one-stop shop” where defendants can make credit or debit card payments to settle traffic tickets and other fines, costs, and restitution associated with actions in both magisterial and Common Pleas courts.

March 19, 2012

Pennsylvania Record covers PA Merit Selection Hearing

The Pennsylvania Record has reported on the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee's Merit Selection hearing earlier this month.

March 19, 2012

The Pennsylvania Record has reported on the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s Merit Selection hearing earlier this month.

NY Times Editorial Praises Effort to Implement Merit Selection in PA

An editorial in the New York Times entitled "No Way To Choose A Judge" urges Merit Selection as a good solution for Pennsylvania.

March 16, 2012

An editorial in the New York Times entitled "No Way To Choose A Judge" urges Merit Selection as a good solution for Pennsylvania.  The editorial recounts recent judicial election news in Alabama and the ongoing investigation into the us

Testimony from 2012 PA Merit Selection Hearing Now Available

A report on the March 1, 2012 hearing of the PA House Judiciary Committee in Philadelphia is now available online.

March 15, 2012