PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The brother of State Sen. Jane Orie walked out of court a free man after Judge Jeffrey Manning said he’d give him the benefit of the doubt on his contempt of court charge.
The outspoken Jack Orie got into trouble when he spoke publicly about falsified documents that led to a mistrial in his sisters’ corruption trial.
Orie told the Tribune Review on Tuesday that the district attorney’s office must have doctored the evidence.
“I think they did because they knew they were going to lose,” he told the paper.
That comment was an apparent violation of a gag order issued by Judge Manning.
Jack Orie has said a lot since his sisters Jane and Janine were accused of using public monies to run a third sister’s campaign for office. He’s attacked District Attorney Stephen Zappala with some not-so-subtle references to his heritage.
“The actions by the district attorney I think have all the elements of a mafia hit,” Orie said back in April of 2010.
Judge Manning says he wants to ratchet down the rhetoric in the Orie case which is scheduled for a retrial on April 11.