Jane Orie
American politician
Jane Orie
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18 September 1961
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Judge And Her Sisters Facing Big Consequences
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
PITTSBURGH -- A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, a court aide, and a former state senator – all three sisters – have all now been convicted of public corruption charges, accusing them of using state employees for political campaign work. Justice Joan Orie Melvin and older sister Janine Orie were convicted Thursday of theft-of-service charges and other crimes. Former Sen. Jane Orie, the youngest of the three, was convicted last year and is serving 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison. The staunchly Republican, Catholic sisters from a Pittsburgh suburb say the charges were overblown or outright lies whipped up by a Democratic prosecutor. A sentencing date for Melvin and Janine Orie has not yet been set. A lawyer for Orie said he didn't like the verdict and planned to appeal.
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Election 2012: Your Questions For The Candidates In PA 40th Senatorial Race
Cranberry Patch - over 4 years
On Aug. 7, voters in the 40th Senatorial district will chose a candidate to fill the remaining term of former Sen. Jane Orie, who was sentenced in May to 2 ½ to 10 years in prison after her March conviction of using her legislative staff to perform political work.  In voting last weekend, Republican leaders in Allegheny and Butler counties chose Rep. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, to face Democratic nominee Sharon Brown.  Vulakovich, a former police sergeant with the Shaler department, was first elected to represent the 30th District in 2007. He replaced former Rep. Jeff Habay, who, like Orie, was convicted of using his staff to do campaign work on state time.  He will face Democrat Dr. Sharon Brown, of McCandless, who was the only candidate seeking her party’s endorsement.  Brown currently is a nursing administrator for the Allegheny County Community College, according to the Project Vote Smart web site.   She also ran her own consulting firm and was a researcher at the Un ...
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Special Election Scheduled to Fill Senate Void in Pennsylvania
Yahoo News - over 4 years
According to a news release from Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, a special election is slated for Aug. 7 to fill the void left behind by the resignation of state Sen. Jane Orie. The date represents a quick turnaround for the seat, but according to the release, Cawley wanted residents in the affected 40th senatorial district to have representation as soon as possible, which was echoed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting both parties are starting to gauge potential support for candidates available to fill the vacant seat.
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Janine Orie trial set for Aug. 13 in dual cases
Beaver County Times - over 4 years
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two separate criminal cases against the sister of state Sen. Jane Orie and Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin have been scheduled to begin Aug. 13 in Pittsburgh.
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Map Quest: Cranberry Officials Oppose Proposed Plan to Redistrict State Senate
Cranberry Patch - over 4 years
Cranberry officials are banding together to voice opposition to a proposed legislative map that would move the 40th District—currently represented by Sen. Jane Orie—to the other side of the state. “It just doesn’t make sense,” said Supervisor Dick Hadley, who is spearheading the township’s resistance to the tentative plan. The redistricting process for the General Assembly is taking place based on population shifts recorded in the 2010 census. Under the redistricting plan given preliminary approval April 12 by a majority of the five-member reapportionment committee, Orie’s territory would move to Monroe and Northampton counties on the eastern half of the state to reflect growth near the New Jersey border. If the plan is given final approval, three senators would split Orie’s former territory, which encompasses parts of Allegheny County—including Pine, Richland and Ross townships—and Butler County, including Cranberry and Adams townships and Zelienople, Harmony, Seven Fields bo ...
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Redistricting PA Proposal: How it Affects You
Cranberry Patch - over 4 years
A new legislative map under review by the Legislative Reapportionment Committee could mean big changes for the area—including moving Sen. Jane Orie’s district to the other side of the state. Under the redistricting plan given preliminary approval last week by a majority of reapportionment committee members, Orie’s territory would move to Monroe and Northampton counties on the eastern half of the state to reflect population growth near the New Jersey border. Orie’s current territory encompasses parts of Allegheny County—including Pine, Richland and Ross townships—and Butler County, including Cranberry and Adams townships and Zelienople, Harmony, Seven Fields borough. Whether her district is located on one side of the commonwealth or the other, it seems unlikely Orie will remain senator of it. In March, Orie was convicted of using state-paid staff to do political work. If she does not resign, she will lose her seat when she is sentenced May 21. A replacement would be chosen b ...
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Deterrence key issue - Scranton Times-Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie awaits retrial on local charges in Allegheny County. Former state Sen. Raphael Musto of Luzerne County has been charged with corruption by federal authorities, who also are investigating former state Sen. Robert Mellow
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Pennsylvania misses key federal sex offender deadline - Tribune Review
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie, R-McCandless. She sponsored several bills to bring the state into compliance over the past five years. If other states pass the laws and Pennsylvania does not, violent sexual offenders would move here to avoid the tougher laws, Orie said
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Father Al's journey - Daily American Online
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie is framed. He knelt down and began to read. “May the souls of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 rest peacefully in the loving arms of the God of their belief throughout eternity until the day they are joyfully reunited with
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Cranberry CUP Tournament Kicks Off Friday - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie, R-McCandless, and members of past inspirational families. “It's always very touching, it's hard to not get teary,” Cortazzo said. The games begin from there and last through Sunday. Cortazzo said the games would be played at Cranberry
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Caylee Anthony ripple hits state - Tribune Review
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie, R-McCandless, and Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, are among six cosponsors, a Farnese aide said. Farnese said he hopes the Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, will hold hearings before the Legislature reconvenes this fall
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Laurels & Lances - Tribune Review
Google News - over 5 years
•The Jane Orie case. The Republican state senator of McCandless faces retrial in October for politicking on the public dime. Her first trial ended in a mistrial when Judge Jeffrey Manning said even Ray Charles could see that two defense documents had
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Secret Service: 3 documents in Orie trial are forgeries - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie during her criminal trial were forged. The supplementary report, attached to a motion filed by prosecutors asking Judge Jeffrey A. Manning for an evidentiary hearing in the case, states that there is evidence that the signature of Ms. Orie's ... -
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High Court Says Orie's Double Jeopardy Claim Can Be Heard - Law.com
Google News - over 5 years
In his opinion deeming Jane Orie's double jeopardy motion frivolous, Manning said there was not a shred of support for the claim, which he said was clearly made to delay retrial, according to the Supreme Court's opinion. Manning further said that Orie
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Week 2: Trial Recap - Scranton Times-Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie, a powerful Allegheny County Republican, at her public corruption trial on charges she used staffers to conduct political campaigns for herself and her sister, state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. After three weeks of testimony,
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John Baer: Legislature aborts responsibility to govern - Blinq (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie, R-Pittsburgh, whose political-corruption charges led to a mistrial but who now awaits a second trial. (Neither of these servants should be confused with Democratic Reps. John Galloway, Bucks County, or Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia,
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A look at days 1-5 in the Cordaro/Munchak corruption trial - Scranton Times-Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Jane Orie, a powerful Allegheny County Republican, at her public corruption trial on charges she used staffers to conduct political campaigns for herself and her sister, state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. After three weeks of testimony,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Orie
1961
Born on September 18, 1961.
1984
Jane Orie earned her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1984 and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1987.
Prior to elective office, Orie served as an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County and later as a deputy state attorney general.
1996
In 1996, Orie ran for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 28th House District after incumbent representative Elaine Farmer dropped off the ballot to fight bone marrow cancer.
1998
Orie won that November and won re-election in 1998 and 2000.
2000
In 2000, State Senator Melissa Hart was elected to the United States House of Representatives and resigned her Senate seat.
In a special election Orie was the GOP nominee against Democrat James Rooney, a grandson of late Pittsburgh Steelers owner, Art Rooney. A key issue in that race was public funding for the new Steelers stadium, Heinz Field, which was unpopular in parts of the county. Orie tried to tie Rooney to this unpopular issue, even running a television advertisement depicting the implosion of Three Rivers Stadium.
2001
Orie defeated Rooney with 59% in the election on March 11, 2001, and was seated on April 3, 2001.
2002
Orie won re-election in 2002 and 2006, both times taking more than 70% against minimal opposition.
In May 2006, Bob Jubelirer and David Brightbill, the Republicans' two top leaders were defeated in the primary election, victims of the legislative pay raise fallout. Jeff Piccola left his post as whip to run for President Pro Tempore. This opened the door for Orie, who defeated John Gordner for the position.
2009
Authorities seized thousands of computer records from one of Orie's district offices in mid-December 2009, as part of an investigation conducted by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala.
Zappala would not disclose to the public a reason for investigating Orie. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09358/1023337-454.stm A story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette alleged that the core of the investigation involves the employment of one of her district offices for campaign purposes. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09359/1023650-454.stm The Post-Gazette subsequently reported that a University of Pittsburgh student intern had told prosecutors of widespread political campaigning inside the office on behalf of Orie's sister, State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. The story also revealed that Orie's chief of staff had begun cooperating with investigators. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10006/1026065-454.stm Justice Melvin was indicted and convicted on charges of misusing publicly funded staff for political work on her two Supreme Court races.
2010
In April 2010, an Allegheny County grand jury indicted Jane Orie and her sister Janine Orie on multiple charges of corruption.
Pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 19, both defendants were released on their own recognizance, but they were prohibited from having non-business contacts with any of the witnesses in the case. http://kdka.com/local/Jane.orie.indictment.2.1617095.html
2011
A trial date of February 7, 2011 was set for the criminal trial of Orie and her sister Janine. http://www.postgazette.com/pg/10260/1088258-100.stm However, while jury deliberations were underway, Judge Jeffrey Manning declared a mistrial for both the Senator and her sister upon learning that evidence submitted by the defense had been doctored.
The signature of a key prosecution witness appeared to have been cut-and-pasted from one document to another. In granting the motion for a mistrial, Manning declared that the copying was so blatant that "Ray Charles could see that signature was doctored." A new trial date was set for April 11, although Orie's lawyer announced his intent to appeal the decision on the grounds that a new trial would constitute a violation of Orie's right to avoid double jeopardy. Under Senate rules, a member who is charged with an offense related to his or her official duties must vacate any leadership position. Accordingly, following her indictment, Orie resigned from her position as whip in the Republican caucus.
2012
In March 2012, Orie was convicted of 14 counts of forgery, conflict of interest and theft of services, which included 5 felonies. http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/11547673-418/pa-gop-sen-jane-orie-convicted-of-theft-of-services.html
She resigned from the State Senate in May 2012, following her conviction on 14 counts of forgery, conflict of interest and theft of services, and served the minimum two-and-a half years of a two-and-a-half to ten-year prison sentence.
Like most states, Pennsylvania has a provision in its constitution barring convicted felons from holding office. Accordingly, she resigned from the State Senate on May 21, 2012.
A special election occurred on August 7, 2012, to replace her; the Republican nominee in the race was State Representative Randy Vulakovich, while Democratic nominee was Sharon Brown, a health care consultant. Vulakovich defeated Brown by a wide margin.
On June 5, 2012, Orie was sentenced to two-and-a-half to ten years in prison.
In sentencing her, Judge Manning said he was particularly angered by Orie's submission of fraudulent documents, calling it a "flagrant and disgraceful violation" of her oath as an attorney and a violation of "the sanctity of all we do as lawyers." Manning remanded Orie to custody immediately rather than allow her to self-report. She was incarcerated at the Cambridge Springs State Correctional Institution in Crawford County, where she was Inmate Number OS9360.
2014
On February 9, 2014, Orie was released from prison, after serving the minimum sentence of two-and-a-half years.
She was disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on December 10, 2014.
Orie was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to a western Pennsylvania political family. Her sister Joan Orie Melvin was a judge on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and is now suspended from her position as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
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