The second corruption trial for State Sen. Jane Orie is winding down. Once again today, Orie spent most of the day on the stand as the jury prepares to decide the case by the weekend.
The prosecution began cross-examining State Sen. Jane Orie in her corruption trial. So far, the questioning has focused on her employees doing campaign work on state time.
State Sen. Jane Orie took the stand Monday in her corruption trial on Monday.
As prosecutors wrapped up their case in the re-trial of State Sen. Jane Orie, they recalled to the stand former chief-of-staff Jamie Pavlot, whose signature is the focus of the controversial forged documents.
Police surveillance pictures showed Jamie Pavlot removing boxes of campaign materials from Orie’s office on McKnight Road. When asked why she did it, she said, “I was protecting my boss.”
Opening statements were given in the retrial for State Sen. Jane Orie that began Wednesday morning.
All 12 jurors, in addition to four alternates, have been selected for the retrial of State Sen. Jane Orie.
Jane Orie and her sister, Janine, were tried together in the corruption trial that ended in mistrial last year. What caused the mistrial was a document presented by the defense that the prosecution says was forged.
At a hearing to determine whether her defense attorney can continue to represent her, Sen. Jane Orie testified that she wants to keep William Costopoulos as her lawyer.
State Sen. Jane Orie was scheduled to face a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning, but decided to waive it to trial
Privately, Republican leaders are weighing whether to ask the Republican senator to step down.
Just hours after State Sen. Jane Orie’s arrest Monday night on 16 counts of forgery, perjury and tampering or fabricating evidence, her attorney William Costopoulos questioned District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s motives.
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.
New charges have been filed against State Sen. Jane Orie. District Attorney Stephen Zappala has filed 16 additional counts against her.
It’s a forgery — that’s what the U.S. Secret Service calls three documents admitted in evidence at the criminal trial of State Senator Jane Orie last February.
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