3 political sisters in Pa. convicted of corruption

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 3:33 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 6:04 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Even before their corruption convictions, the careers and life stories of the Orie sisters of western Pennsylvania were extraordinary.

They came from a family of nine children who all grew up to be accomplished. Joan Orie Melvin became a state Supreme Court justice. Janine Orie was her loyal aide. A third sister became the state Senate majority whip.

Jane Orie was sentenced last year to up to 10 years for using her state-paid staff to run her campaigns. Joan Orie Melvin and Janine Orie were convicted this week in a spinoff of similarly misusing Melvin's former staff and the senator's.

The Republican Orie sisters have argued the prosecution is the result of a political vendetta by a Democratic prosecutor in Pittsburgh who has repeatedly denied ulterior motives.

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Jackson reported from Harrisburg, Pa.

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