Testimony Continues In Sen. Orie Trial

By: Harold Hayes

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –- State Sen. Jane Orie’s trial continued in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday.

Star witness Jamie Pavlot, the senator’s former chief of staff, testified that she removed campaign files from the legislative office shortly after an intern resigned.

The intern allegedly threatened to go to investigators with information about campaign work being done on state time.

Prosecutors also showed the jury surveillance pictures of boxes being removed from the McKnight Road office.

Pavlot said she felt uncomfortable sending a letter to Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and others, claiming that no campaign work was done on state time when she knew that was not true.

The senator directed the letter to be sent since Jennifer Knapp-Rioja was an intern from Pitt. Pavlot is expected to be the final prosecution witness.

This afternoon, Allegheny County Republican chair Jim Roddey took the stand as a defense witness.

He testified out of turn because he will be out of town. The prosecution has not yet rested its case.

Roddey testified that most legislators use volunteers for fundraising and do not hire professional fundraisers, which is a point the defense wanted to make.

But when cross-examined by the prosecutor he was asked, “Would you ever use your county executive staff to do political work while you were executive?”

“No,” replied Roddey.

“Why not?” asked the prosecutor.

“Because it’s the law,” he replied.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.


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One Comment

  1. RB says:

    Is is just me or do the ories suddenly seem to appear less flashy trashy?
    What happened to the big hair?
    Ever since the trial began jane seems to be looking rether plain and harmless…

  2. Matthias says:

    They all look alike… ugly.

    And now, it appears that the sisters are ugly not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.

    I can’t see how any person can work in the political field without selling his or her soul.

  3. Harry McCullough says:

    Her actions if found guilty should require several years in prison. When these people run for political office they know the rules and should follow them. Based on what I’Ve read sofar she is a liar, a thief, theft of services) and most of all she is a disgrace to the people who voted for her. If she has a pension coming ,it should be forfited. a crooks ,acrok, a crook

  4. Don-E says:

    She has shown herself to be a big liar. Her Chief of staff pretty much corroborated what most of the witnesses before her testified, was true. Ms. Orie & her attorney tried to discredit these witnesses as ‘disgruntled Employee’s’ and liars.
    She also used the old worn-out politician excuse , ” This is a political vendetta by a Democratic DA!” Mike Veon said the same thing about Republican , Tom Corbett, when he got caught. Career politicians have ruined our country!

  5. Shawn says:

    She’s ugly man.. Lol! Nah seriously put her under the jail the world will be a better place without her

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