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3 political sisters in Pa. convicted of corruption
Associated Press ^ | Saturday, February 23, 2013 | Joe Mandak and Peter Jackson

Posted on 02/23/2013 5:39:55 PM PST by Jyotishi

Pittsburgh (AP) — The story has more irony than a Greek tragedy. Three sisters from a devoutly Catholic family have seen their personal and political careers ruined by a scandal that began with, of all things, a letter to some nuns.

Thursday's conviction of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin along with her aide and sister, Janine Orie, on campaign corruption charges mean they might join a third sister — former state Sen. Jane Orie — in state prison. No sentencing date has been set.

The former senator was sentenced last year to 2½ to 10 years for using her state-paid staff to run her campaigns, though she was acquitted of having them campaign for Melvin, then a lower appellate court judge, who was running for the Supreme Court in 2003 and 2009. Joan Orie Melvin and Janine Orie were convicted in a spinoff investigation and found guilty of similarly misusing Melvin's former staff and the senator's.

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1 posted on 02/23/2013 5:40:01 PM PST by Jyotishi
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No mention of party affiliation ... I wonder what that means?


2 posted on 02/23/2013 5:43:42 PM PST by Ken522
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Former PA State Sentor Jane Orie (R)

3 posted on 02/23/2013 5:47:08 PM PST by stormer
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To: Jyotishi

It’s amazing how many corrupt losers are always called “devout Catholics” by the liberal media.

I don’t know anyone like this. I know plenty of devout Catholics and NONE of them are like these three “devout Catholic” sisters.


4 posted on 02/23/2013 5:47:16 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Ken522
They are republicans. Pennsylvania republicans. None of them were ever worth spit! RINO's all!

No more PA republicans! No more!

BTW the (D)boy mayor of Pittsburgh is in DEEP doo doo over several things including the police chief using misusing funds.

No problem there!

This town/state needs an enema!

5 posted on 02/23/2013 5:49:51 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Ken522

My exact reaction. Apparently, though, the former PA state senator was a Republican. Why this wasn’t mentioned up front by the AP is out of character and a complete mystery — destroying an almost 100% perfect record of “if party of corrupt official not mentioned, then Democrat.” Maybe they’re trying to build a defense of “equal-opportunity journalistic ineptitude.”


6 posted on 02/23/2013 5:49:58 PM PST by Chad N. Freud (FR is the modern equivalent of the Committees of Correspondence. Let other analogies arise.)
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To: Ken522
No mention of party affiliation ... I wonder what that means?

Surprisingly, party affiliation is only mentioned later on in the article. I say surprisingly since, with their being Republicans, I would have expected that to be put in the headline and mentioned several times in the first paragraph.

7 posted on 02/23/2013 5:51:50 PM PST by Bob
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The former senator was sentenced last year to 2½ to 10 years for using her state-paid staff to run her campaigns, though she was acquitted of having them campaign for Melvin, then a lower appellate court judge, who was running for the Supreme Court in 2003 and 2009.

Dems here do this continually but that's not a problem because they are for the "working man."

In fact that would be a resume enhancement.

The corruption of both D's and R's here is astronomical.

8 posted on 02/23/2013 5:53:53 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Ken522

“irony”.... “devoutly catholic”...

Apparently the author seems to think its funny these women will go to jail for something that Democrats would see as a minor/trivial thing.


9 posted on 02/23/2013 5:56:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ken522
According to the article, it seems they were Republicans.
Pretty smart women ended up doing some dumb things!!

'hack

10 posted on 02/23/2013 5:59:17 PM PST by dynamitehack (“Senatoris Est Civitatis Libertatum Tueri” – “The Senators Protect the Liberty of the Citizens.)
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This is why - in Pennsylvania - we can't have nice things.

She and her sisters were NEVER constitutional conservatives, although they led many to believe they were.

They have now cast a pox on future REAL conservatives here.

The only good things about Pennsylvania are the State Farm Show and Amish food...and sometimes the change of seasons...

11 posted on 02/23/2013 6:06:41 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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According to my BIL hwo has lived in Pittsburgh for the past 30 years, the Orie sisters were the victims of political witch hunts. I agree with you, though, that they were NOT Constitutional conservatives. Better than Dems, for sure, but not great. Bob


12 posted on 02/23/2013 6:11:09 PM PST by alstewartfan ("You looked like a still From Cecil B DeMille When I saw you Waiting at my door." Al Stewart)
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13 posted on 02/23/2013 6:15:25 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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14 posted on 02/23/2013 6:17:03 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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the Orie sisters were the victims of political witch hunts.

Look at me, I'm a victim.

Witch hunt? Probably. Dems do the same thing all the time here and like I said no problem.

The Ories were party GOP RINOs similar to Ridge, Toomey, Santorum...ooo that will get things going...Corbett (another Republican governor opted to carry out the Medicaid expansion called for in Obamacare, Gov. Tom Corbett repeated his doubts about whether it would be good for Pennsylvania...but 'will go along to get along'... my words)...Schaffer, Scranton...et al.

RINOS ALL! Hillman republicans!

Not one of them worth a dang for conservatism.

15 posted on 02/23/2013 6:24:14 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Jyotishi

The first picture to greet you when clicking the link is as mean a looking bunch of cutthroats as you would ever want to run into.


16 posted on 02/23/2013 6:28:12 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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Guilty, guiltier, and guiltiest.


17 posted on 02/23/2013 6:35:24 PM PST by Southern Partisan
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Rot in prison for a long, long time, all three or you Ories.


18 posted on 02/23/2013 6:39:43 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: Ken522

I suppose there is some hope for the other 3 sisters:

Nasty Piglosi, Diane Frankenstein, and Barbara “call me Senator” Boxer


19 posted on 02/23/2013 6:58:56 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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They sure don’t look very happy.

I would hate to wake up in the morning to any of the three.


20 posted on 02/23/2013 7:31:59 PM PST by Venturer
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