PITTSBURGH (AP) — The district attorney says former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's campaign corruption conviction, sentence and court-ordered apology should all be upheld by a state appeals court.
And if the apology — which Melvin was ordered to write to every judge in the state on copies of pictures of her in handcuffs — is overturned, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. says Melvin's entire sentence should be vacated. That means a judge would have to re-sentence her.
Melvin's attorneys didn't immediately comment on Friday's Superior Court filing. But they argued in their own brief filed in December that County Judge Lester Nauhaus denied her a fair trial because he was allegedly biased against her in his rulings and comments during the trial.
Melvin was sentenced to three years' house arrest and other penalties.