Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules no out-of-county judge for Joan Orie Melvin trial

HARRISBURG — The state Supreme Court has denied Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s request for judge from outside Allegheny County to hear the criminal corruption charges against her.

Justice Melvin’s colleagues on the state’s highest court responded to her motion in an order issued Tuesday.

Her attorneys had asked that an out-of-county judge be appointed because Justice Melvin previously served in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and because one of her former staff members who allegedly did campaign work is married to another common pleas judge.

Judge Jeffrey A. Manning has twice rejected the request.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules no out-of-county judge for Joan Orie Melvin trial

2 Responses to “Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules no out-of-county judge for Joan Orie Melvin trial”

  1. Betty Says:

    I suppose she's screaming local bias. And while it may be true, it's going to be just as true a county away.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I think a defendant should get one chance at a change of judge.

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