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Court Denies Ex-Sen. Jane Orie’s Corruption Appeal

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A three-judge state Superior Court panel has rejected former state Sen. Jane Orie’s appeal of her conviction and subsequent prison sentence for campaign corruption and with introducing forged evidence, which resulted in a mistrial before her eventual conviction.

Orie could not immediately be reached for comment at her home in the North Hills, and her attorney, William Costopoulos, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Orie was convicted in March 2012 and sentenced to 2½ to 10 years in prison that June. She was released from prison last month after completing 75 percent of her minimum sentence, under a rule designed to benefit non-violent offenders who are unlikely to commit future crimes.

The appeals panel rejected 10 issues she raised, including Orie’s claim that her her second trial amounted to double jeopardy.

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