• Justice Joan Orie Melvin was suspended, and could be impeached.  [PoliticsPA]
  • Justice Melvin’s attorney claims she is the victim of a political vendetta.  [Post-Gazette]  Justice Melvin denies all the charges against her; says her faith will see her through this ordeal.  [Post-Gazette]
  • Her suspension leaves the court with in a predicament: six justices, evenly split down party lines.  [Law.com]
  • It also adds fuel to the argument that we shouldn’t be electing appellate judges in the first place.  [Inquirer]
  • Orie-watchers take note: Melvin’s preliminary hearing was moved to June 8.  [Beaver Times]
  • Meanwhile, Senator Jane Orie finally resigned in advance of her sentencing.  There will be a special election in the longstanding Republican district of McCandless.  [Trib]