PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A new trial date has been set for State Sen. Jane Orie.
Shortly before noon, Judge Jeffrey Manning set the new trial date for April 11.READ MORE: Hempfield Area School District Opening Pre-K Classroom Through State Grant
However, Sen. Orie’s defense attorney said he will file motions to stop that new trial based on double jeopardy.
Orie’s case ended in a mistrial Thursday afternoon.
Judge Manning declared the mistrial after the prosecution accused the defense of submitting forged evidence.
Sen. Orie’s defense called the charges outrageous. However, a handwriting expert determined signatures had been copied and pasted onto documents.READ MORE: Lighting Of Garden Theater On North Side Marks Groundbreaking Of Decades-Long Project
Judge Manning called the alleged forgery deceitful, dishonest, despicable and a crime.
Sen. Orie and her sister, Janine, are accused of illegally using the senator’s office for campaign work.
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