Deliberations Conclude For Night In Orie Corruption Trial
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Jury deliberations began at 9 a.m. and continued late into Sunday night, but still no verdict was handed down in the corruption trial of State Sen. Jane Orie.
The jury finally retired after 14 hours. In that time, they asked for both lunch and dinner to be brought in to the courthouse.
They will return Monday at 9 a.m. for a fifth day of deliberations.
On Saturday evening, the jury told Judge Jeffrey Manning that they had reached an impasse and asked for guidance.
Judge Manning asked the jury to try again and deliberations resumed for a few more hours before calling it a night and then reconvening Sunday.
During the session where the jury told the judge they couldn’t agree on a verdict, one juror asked the judge if there could be verdicts only on the counts they agree on.
In effect the judge said yes – guilty or not guilty – as long as they all agree on the individual verdict.
Orie is facing 24 counts. The charges including theft of services – that she used state office staff to perform campaign work on state time, perjury and forgery.
Deliberations have been ongoing since Thursday afternoon following closing arguments and weeks of testimony.