Gavel Grab

Former Employees Testify at Justice Melvin Hearing

uCZ8QDXhaHEp3rvzXRJFdy0KqPHLoMevcTLo3h8xh70Y6N_U_CryOsw6FTOdKL_jpQ-&CONTENTTYPE=image/jpeg”>Three former employees of now-Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin testified at a preliminary hearing yesterday.

Melvin is currently charged with “theft of services, conspiracy, solicitation to tamper with or fabricate evidence, official oppression and misapplication of entrusted property,” according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Molly Creenan, Lisa Sasinoski, and Kathy Squires said Melvin’s sister and office manager, Janine Orie, requested that they distribute literature at polling places in 2003 and do other campaign work. Squires said, “I felt like it would be in my best interests to do what was asked or what was told. I felt like I had no choice.”

Sasinoski testified that Orie had asked her to forge expense vouchers as a way to get “street money,” for paying poll workers. “I was an attorney who had gone to law school and passed the bar exam. There was absolutely no way I was going to duplicate or fabricate expense vouchers to take money from the campaign,” Sasinoski said.

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