Skip to content

Judicial Watch, Inc. is a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, which promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

Judicial Watch, Inc. is a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, which promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.

Because no one
is above the law!

Donate

Corruption Chronicles

Penn. Senator Criminally Charged

 

In a scandalous affair involving one of Pennsylvania’s most powerful political families, a state senator and her judicial assistant sister have been criminally charged for illegally using legislative resources and staff to work on another sister’s campaign for state Supreme Court.

Republican state Senator Jane Orie and her sister, Janine, have been arrested and charged with theft of services, criminal conspiracy and tampering with evidence. The women milked taxpayers out of tens of thousands of dollars by repeatedly using staff on the state payroll to run the other sister’s political campaign, prosecutors say.

The plan was effective because Joan Orie Melvin was elected to the state Supreme Court last year and graciously hired her now criminally charged sister, Janine, to be her chief administrative judicial assistant. Actually, Janine began working for the judge in 1998 as a secretary when Justice Orie Melvin was on the state Superior Court.

Last week a grand jury recommended that the judge’s siblings be charged though she has not been implicated. At least 15 current or former staff members of Senator Orie’s testified that they either participated in or observed non legislative work being conducted during business hours. The directive to do political and campaign work came from the senator, her chief of staff and sister (Janine), according to the grand jury presentment.

The women are represented by their attorney brother, Jack Orie, who acknowledges that his sister’s legislative staff did some campaign work “now and then” because “there is some type of overlap between political and legislative duties” in all of Pennsylvania’s elective offices.

According to grand jury testimony of legislative staffers, the violation occurred regularly not just now and then. Multiple staff members conducted campaign research, worked on fundraising, created campaign literature and made phone calls and visits to constituents. They also stuffed envelopes and created mailings featuring Justice Orie Melvin’s photograph, according to grand jury testimony.


 


Related

Judicial Watch: Hearing Set for Tuesday in Lawsuit for Release of ‘Manifesto’ in Nashville…

Press Releases | April 15, 2024
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that a hearing is set for Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 10 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. ET, before Chancellor I’Ashea Myles in the Chancery Court fo...

FBI Abuse of Ashli Babbitt

Tipsheets | April 15, 2024
Top Headlines of the Week Press Releases Judicial Watch Asks Court to Order Release of CIA Communications with Clinton Campaign Lawyer “The CIA is in cover-up mode about its commu...

Judicial Watch Statement on Prosecution of President Donald Trump in the ‘Hush Money’ Trial

Press Releases | April 15, 2024
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the unprecedented prosecution of President Donald Trump by Democrats in New York: It w...