PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — State Senator Jane Orie, R-McCandless, turned herself in at City Court Monday night.
She was with family members. Her brother Jack says she was crying, shocked and ready to take on these charges.
“It’s kind of a tough thing when you know you haven’t done anything wrong and you get charged with all these felonies,” Jack Orie, the senator’s brother, said.
Sen. Orie is facing more than a dozen charges, including perjury, obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence and forgery.
Orie allegedly submitted forged documents at her trial earlier this year. That proceeding ended in a mistrial.
She now faces a series of new felony charges along with a possible new trial for using state facilities to campaign.
“It’s quite a shock to all of us,” Jack Orie said.
The senator was released from jail without bond about three hours after she turned herself in. She had nothing to say; however, family members were disappointed with how it was handled.
“We were advised that detectives were out in the North Hills actively seeking her out to arrest her, have her do the perp walk,” Jack Orie said. “I guess the district attorney likes something like that where they put the handcuffs on a person.”
The senator was released Monday night on her own recognizance. Orie is expected back in court in the first week in September.