Legislators seek backing for probe of judge

Posted: March 13, 2013

HARRISBURG - Two legislators asked their colleagues Monday to cosponsor a resolution that could lead to impeachment proceedings against a sitting state Supreme Court justice.

State Reps. John Sabatina (D., Phila.) and Glen Grell (R., Cumberland) distributed a memo looking for support to have the Judiciary Committee investigate the conduct of Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Orie Melvin awaits sentencing May 7 after being convicted last month of theft, conspiracy, and misappropriation of state property in a case that centered on allegations she used state workers and resources to wage campaigns in 2003 and 2009 for the state's highest court.

The resolution would authorize an investigation into Orie Melvin's conduct to determine if she is liable to be impeached. If the House approved articles of impeachment, the matter would go to the state Senate for trial. - AP

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