An Allegheny County grand jury is set to determine whether to recommend charging state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, according to the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh.
Testimony continues today as the two-year term of the grand jury investigating Melvin for political corruption draws to a close. When it concludes its probe at the end of the month it will issue recommendations to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala's office.
Melvin, 56, Republican elected to the high court in 2009 has been widely criticized for not stepping aside after charges were filed against her sisters, state Sen. Jane Orie (R., Allegheny) and Janine Orie, following an earlier grand jury probe.
Jane Orie, who served three terms in the Senate and two terms in the House, is expected to resign her seat on Monday, following her conviction on public corruption. She is to be sentenced next month.