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John Burkoff and David Harris on Testimony that Justice Orie Melvin Participated in Cover Up

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March 6, 2012

Professors John Burkoff and David Harris commented on testimony that revealed for the first time that Justice Joan Orie Melvin, of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, participated in the cover up of evidence that her sister, State Senator Jane Orie, used government resources and staff in Justice Melvin's campaign.  According to Professor Burkoff, this testimony "casts a cloud" over the state's Supreme Court.  Professor Harris noted that the sudden emergence of this testimony by the state's star witness, after a first trial and direct examination testimony in this second trial in which it never came up, can damage the witness's credibility.

Read the Tribune-Review article here.  

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