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Jury being selected in corruption trial

March 17. 2013 3:08AM
The Associated Press

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PITTSBURGH — Jury selection has begun in the corruption trial for suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister, Janine.

The women are charged with illegally using Melvin's former Superior Court staff to run her political campaigns. Both deny wrongdoing.

Allegheny County prosecutors say Melvin used her taxpayer-funded staff to campaign for the state's highest court in 2003 and 2009.

Thirty-three of the first 50 potential jurors summoned Wednesday in Pittsburgh said they knew of the case.

The women are also charged with conspiring with a third sister — former Republican state Sen. Jane Orie — to illegally use Orie's state-funded staff to work on Melvin's campaigns.

Orie is incarcerated for misusing her staff on her own campaigns. She was acquitted of using staff to help Melvin campaign.

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