University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on Seizure of State Senate Computers in Sen. Jane Orie Case

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October 23, 2011

Professor David Harris commented on the seizure of computers belonging to the State Senate in the continuing investigation into the conduct of State Sen. Jane Orie.  The Senate Republican Caucus had earlier taken possession of the computers issued to Orie.  Prosecutors will search the computers for evidence of who used them, allegedly with Senator Orie's password, to access and perhaps tamper with documents.  Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that "[t]he fact that they've gotten warrants and served them shows that they're following the trail wherever it leads them...Searching the information system of another branch of government is no small thing."

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