PITTSBURGH - Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced Tuesday to house arrest and community service in soup kitchens, and ordered to send handwritten apologies for her crimes on photographs of herself in handcuffs to every judge in the state.
She was given no prison time.
Allegheny County Court Judge Lester Nauhaus sentenced Melvin to three years of house arrest, with two years on probation to follow.
A jury convicted Melvin and her sister Janine Orie on Feb. 21 of using judicial staff, as well as aides to another sister, former State Sen. Jane Orie, to work on Melvin's 2003 and 2009 campaigns for the Supreme Court. Melvin, 56, was found guilty of conspiracy, theft of services, and misapplication of government funds. She resigned in March, leaving the high court with six members - three Democrats and three Republicans. Gov. Corbett is expected to appoint an interim justice soon.