ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — In the district represented by State Sen. Jane Orie, people had mixed reactions to her conviction on 14 counts, including theft of services, conflict of interest, forgery and criminal conspiracy.

Karen Wiseman said she was surprised.

“Her office really helped us out – we have a child with special needs,” she said.

Dennis Pappalard, of Wexford, said he was a bit skeptical about the jury coming to the right decision but he thinks they did.

“I think that the justice system works,” Judy Pappalard added. “And I think that she was found guilty of what it obviously seems she was guilty of.”

Georgette Fogg, of Franklin Park, said it’s kind of scary what can happen in politics that people aren’t aware of.

One constituent, Bill Stephans, of Ross, said it sounded like a witch hunt since this was the second time Orie was brought to trial.

“You scrap enough things under the rug, you’ll find something,” he said.

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