Jury Selected For State Sen. Orie Trial

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – State Sen. Jane Orie is accused of abusing her taxpayer-funded office by using it for political purposes.

On Tuesday, lawyers from both sides agreed on 12 jurors and four alternates.

Before jury selection began, the prosecution raised questions about more than 100 letters sent by Orie to people beyond her senatorial district soliciting character witnesses.

The prosecution worried that the solicitation might affect the jury pool. Judge Jeffrey Manning said he would ask potential jurors if they received such solicitations and exclude them.

According to KDKA-TV’s Harold Hayes, 21 of 86 potential jurors were excluded because they live in her district. In addition, 41 of the remaining 65 said they had heard of case.

Voters in Orie’s district are automatically excluded from consideration.

In December, District Attorney Law Claus said investigators believed Orie received $30,000 to $70,000 worth of illegal benefits.

But at the close of a hearing on pretrial motions, Claus said he would try to prove the allegedly illegal work was worth $70,000 to $130,000.

That new figure would not count another $100,000 to $200,000 that he claims Orie would have paid a professional to raise about $2 million in campaign cash over the last decade.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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  1. Kathleen says:

    What is the big deal all politicians use their office for campaigning, why selective prosecution? I think it is because her sister won the election for Supreme Court and pi–ed off the Zappalas.

  2. Ugggggly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

    Someone beat this family with a big ugly stick!

  3. OWL61 says:

    Hey, I remember Jeff Habay, he lost everything!!! If the shoe fits? She should go down.

  4. Witch says:

    Call the angel shyster lady,Jane……Crooked witch…..Maybe she could try to sell her soul to the devil…HAA HAA !!!

  5. RJ says:

    IT’S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DOES CHARGE THESE ABUSERS OF TAX PAYER MONEY.

  6. Robert says:

    Did her defense team consulted the angelic psychic in the jury selection!

  7. TOM says:

    She’s a good christian woman and a great senator. It’s plain to see that she is being railroaded just like Cyril Wecht. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what is going on here. She got re-elected because her constituents know that she has a strong moral fiber and works harder than anyone for Pennsylvania. The real crime here is the taxpayers dollars being wasted on these frivolous lawsuits.

    1. JAUN says:

      TOM,YOU MUST BE RELATED TO THIS GROUP OF ROYALTY.

    2. MJG says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Interesting that he lawyer tried to slime her assistant with those forced letters, then mocked her when she truthfully said that she had never seen them.

      Power crazy crooks…those so-called character witnesses ought to be very ashamed of themselves.

  8. Daniel says:

    I think this is nothing more than a witch hunt. Just like Dr. Wecht. He had to spend most of his money to defend himself….prosecutors should be made to pay for these things when a person is found innocent.

    1. Black Cat says:

      Thank you Daniel. I think our “Stevie Boy” may regret opening up a can of worms. IMO this prosecsecution stems from Orie’s opposition to state-sponsored gambling…and we all know what family supports it.

  9. JAUN says:

    THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WITH OUT TERM LIMITS.THE CAREER POLITICIANS BECOME ROYALTY AND THINK THAT THEY KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND ME.THEY JUSTIFY ALL THEIR DIRTY DEEDS AS WE KNOW WHATS BEST AND THE COMMON FOLK LOVE US.THEY KEEP VOTING FOR US ,THEY LOVE US.

  10. TOM says:

    No Juan , i am not related or affliated in any way to this group you call “royalty” but i just call it as i see it and it’s plain to see what is going on. If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck it’s more than likely a duck.I agree with Daniel and Black Cat , it’s a witch hunt, a political vendetta.

  11. Bonnie says:

    Reptile Sisters!!! Any thing with beady little eyes can’t be trusted!! LOL……

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