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Jury Deliberations Resume In Orie Melvin Trial

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury has resumed its deliberations in the campaign corruption trial of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister, Janine Orie.

The sisters are charged with misusing Melvin's former Superior Court staff to help her campaign for the state's highest court in 2003 and 2009.

Janine Orie was an aide to the judge then and Allegheny County prosecutors say she helped organize that illegal campaign work — as well as other allegedly illegal work done by the state-funded staff of a third sister, then-state Sen. Jane Orie.

The sisters have denied wrongdoing.

The jury deliberated a little more than two hours Friday and asked for written definitions of the crimes with which the sisters are charged.

The jury resumed deliberating Tuesday after receiving the definitions.

Jury Begins Deliberations In Orie Melvin Trial (2/15/13)
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