Judge Declares Mistrial In Orie Case

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A judge in Allegheny County has declared a mistrial in the corruption trial of state Senator Jane Orie and her sister, Janine.

Shortly before noon, Judge Jeffrey Manning ordered jurors to stop deliberating after prosecutors raised concerns that the jury may have fraudulent documents.

At issue were documents signed by former chief of staff Jamie Pavlot. The defense presented the documents in their case; but two documents purported to have her signature appear to have been cut and pasted from an original from 2004.

One signature from 2006 is supposed to be Pavlot’s signature on a letter in which she takes responsibility for staff mileage reimbursements.

Some markings in an original signature, which was below someone else’s — appear again in the alleged forgery.

When Judge Manning saw the documents he said, “Ray Charles could see that these documents were fraudulently composed.”

The panel of jurors met for two and a half hours before retiring last night. They had resumed deliberations this morning prior to the judge’s order.

A little more than two hours after halting deliberations, Judge Manning declared a mistrial.

Orie is charged with using her state-funded staff to perform campaign and fundraising work for herself and a third sister, state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Orie Melvin is not charged.


  • Jury Goes Home In Orie Trial, Deliberations To Resume (3/2/11)
  • Closing Arguments Presented In Orie Trial (3/2/11)
  • Defense Rests In State Sen. Orie Trial (3/1/11)

  • Post-Gazette.com: See The Documents In Question
  • State Sen. Orie’s Website
  • Pennsylvania State Senate
  • Comments

    One Comment

    1. The Big House welcomes Orie says:

      Check out that poof of hair on the top of her head. She thinks its some kinda royal crown. Ha ha ha ha ha.

      You’re goin’ to the Big House.

      Why does she always have that scowl on her face?

      1. johnny69 says:

        disagree, they will get off scot-free

    2. local says:

      GUILTY, on all counts. CORRUPT PEOPLE each and every one of them…GEEZ just look at her, tald about a pit bull.

    3. Black Cat says:

      Any intelligent comments out there?

    4. Matt says:

      Translation: I admit she’s guilty and now I’m going to talk about something completely unrelated like the price of gasoline, and hope you didn’t catch the part where I admitted that I think she’s guilty.

    5. Matt says:

      This Pit Bull is about to get neutered. (and I meant neuter, not spayed)

    6. Harold says:

      Jane Orie should be removed from office ASAP. Her behavior is self serving and not in the public’s interest. Pay back the $700,000+ Jane!

    7. yabadabba says:

      bobby jo……nancy pelosi??

    8. Matt says:

      Where is Michael Vick when you need him? He needs to round up this beast along with Palin and Bachmann and get back into his old “hobby”.

      1. Thomas R. says:

        God, are you sick!! We of the more intelligent side of thngs have a little ditty for you courtesy of Pink Floyd:

        1. JB says:

          So intelligent in fact you didn’t even remember to finish your own sentence. lol

    9. billy says:

      nancy pelosi???

      1. Dave says:


    10. looking back says:

      Remember Mike Veon Jane?
      From the same mold?

    11. dan says:

      haha…yeah i like this game

      A. Nancy Pelosi
      B. Janet Napolitano
      C. Hillary Clinton
      D. all of the above

    12. carey says:

      Marty i very much enjoy yor take on what goes on locally….but no one bats 1.000

    13. sparky101 says:

      innocent until proven guilty

      1. Matt says:

        so OJ was innocent.

    14. Enough of the Ories says:

      Please don’t waste any more taxpayer money by declaring a mistrail. Get the expert… have him explain his findings to the jury… then burn these witches at the stake.

      1. enough says:

        Agree …..agree…..agree

        1. concerned says:

          I agree- they all need to just get out- there all mean and nasty and don’t serve our interest just there greedy one!!

    15. Liam1694u says:

      I always love the look she gives in just about every photo taken of her. It’s a look that says “I want to eat your children.”

      1. Dom says:

        You should have seen the photos SHE used in her campaign flyers that we received almost daily for a month last fall..she looked like the wicked witch from the north..I don’t know how the idiots in our district reelected her

    16. Reasonable Doubt says:

      If the forgery was so obvious, why did the prosecution wait until 4 and 1/2 hours into deliberations to raise it? And why didn’t the judge challenge the DA on this basis. I smell a rat.

      1. Black Cat says:

        I really smell a rat!!!

      2. Matt says:

        I smell someone that doesn’t want to believe reality and regardless of outcome will find some excuse to live with the fact that they support a woman who clearly is corrupt and clearly broke the law.

    17. Earl says:

      Innocent until proven guilty,but it isn’t looking too good for this royal couple. Butler county just seems to keep on supply us with these gems! Well at least Rick Santorum and Melissa Hart are out of the political picture, but I’m sure their in their laboratory creating something, maybe a newer foolproof version of a so called “fiscal conservate” uber republican that maybe, just maybe their gullible followers will once again fall for!

      1. John says:

        Leave it to a moron to use this situation to bash conservatives. Crimes by politicians is equally split between the parties, if you’ve ever read teh paper or follow politics. Don’t worry, your welfare checks will keep coming to your trailer.

        1. Johnnyboy says:

          Leave it to John the moron to use this situation to bash people on welfare, people who live in trailers, or people he thinks fall into either category. Leave it to John the moron to call someone a moron and then use grammar like “crimes by politicians is…” lmao. Yes, finally, leave it to John the conservative to once again show what a bunch of hypocrites his party is. Don’t worry, you can still watch faux news and avoid looking at yourself in the mirror. Just keep suppressing that little voice of reason in your head. The lesson here, which I have no doubt you won’t learn, is never call someone a moron and then use gutter grammar that only befits a moron.

    18. jim, says:

      lets go for a retrial

    19. Don says:

      Career politicians have ruined this country (From both parties) Getting re-elected is their main goal. Party comes before the people. But as soon as we vote them out of office (Daschle,Santorum) they end up with a high paying lobbyist job. Once voted out of office, you shouldn’t be allowed to be a lobbyist for at least 5 years. Get a real job, pay your own benefits & pensions like the rest of us!

    20. T.J. says:

      This is better than “Law and Order”!! And, God Bless the people in Zappala’s office! Keep the heat on!!!

    21. Dave says:

      Strange that the prosecution waited until now to bring this up. Seems to me they suspected that the jury was about to find her not guilty.

    22. JANE ORIE says:


      1. Matt says:

        You’ll need a chainsaw.

        1. Blub Mleh says:

          and a blowtorch, a crowbar, a shoe horn and Drano.

    23. Taxpayers get poorer says:

      …and the lawyers get richer.

    24. Mr HOP says:

      Are any of you surprised?

    25. agdrew says:

      This country is in serious trouble. This politician is just the latest symptom of the problem. But we only have ourselves to blame. But what would you expect from a populace that thirsts for any news Stillers. Meanwhile the Wagners, Flaherty’s, Costa’s continue to rely on this apathy, How is that working out for you Pittsburgh? The most egregious example of what I’m saying is the case of a “disabled” Pittsburgh police officer who shall remain nameless, found he was not quite so disabled to take the Chief”s job in a suburban department, and lo and behold, when the political stars were aligned, became chief in Pittsburgh. The Defense rests.

    26. ron p says:

      wow, she sure is a hot lookin babe

      1. Scowl face says:

        Now c’mon Ron, it’s obvious.

        She doesn’t like men.

    27. FED UP WITH ALL THE B.S. says:


    28. CC says:

      I was introduced to her once in a work setting, took about a minute. I have never in my 60+ years had anyone been so condescending, rude, arrogant, dismissive to me in such a short period of time just saying hello. She was a piece of work. Her whole entitled demeanor makes it hard to believe she’s innocent.

      1. T.J. says:

        Amen on that one CC! I, too, had a chance to meet her in a professional setting and could not agree more with what you said. Her husband was pretty nice, but not Jane! Incredible that the people in her district voted for her again. Shameful!

        1. Re-issue says:

          TJ said, “Her husband was pretty nice, but not Jane! ”

          That wasn’t her husband. It was Missy Hart.

    29. Dan says:

      Did you hear Mike Huss is banging Stupidstals press secretary? Talk about working on taxpayer time….

      1. Sandra Klingensmith says:

        Actually I did hear that. Only I heard they are getting married !

        1. BLOOMFIELD MIKE says:

          no way! mike huss is a flamer and dresses up like Mr slave from south park for RAvenstal

      2. Alex P Keton says:

        Wow I guess you never stop being amazed with the BS in the city…..I like how you said hes banging her on city time ……funny!

    30. Local Taxpayer says:

      Jane Orie, Nike Veon and others! Time for Harrisburg to audit every state representative for corruption. Sound extre eme? Not when you look at the millions of dollars scammed from taxpayers.

    31. Big Al says:

      Hey Zappala!!!Come get the State Rep. In Penn Hills …Tony D ..He does way more illegal stuff than Jane!!!

    32. Sad but true.... says:

      The only reason that either Orie was charged and is on trial is because the democratic machine inside Pennsylvania (and beyond quite frankly) wants to remove State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. And the reason is that this court will be in session and oversee the redistricting of Pennsylvania. And as we all know, the state is now districted in a manner in which Democrats are easily elected.
      If the sisters are convicted, the democratic machine intends to try to indict Judge Melvin. Or call for her to resign. You see the republicans hold a 1 judge advantage right now. So redistricting will fall towards the republican advantage.

    33. Common Sense says:

      The question is: why would someone go through the effort to forge signatures, and implicate the office manager, if Jane Orie and/or her sister were innocent??

    34. Stevie Wonder says:

      On behalf of Ray Charles I protest the reference.

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