As if 25 indictments at the state Capitol weren't enough, now comes word that the Senate's third-ranking Republican also is under a grand jury investigation.
State Sen. Jane Clare Orie (R., Allegheny) is being scrutinized in a county grand jury investigation apparently unrelated to the wide-ranging corruption probe of Attorney General Tom Corbett, her attorney told Pittsburgh's Post-Gazette newspaper.
Detectives seized computers from Orie's district office, seeking evidence of alleged use of state resources for political campaign activities. Orie's sister, Joan Orie Melvin, won election in November to the state Supreme Court.
Many of the charges brought by Corbett against various defendants involve allegations of using public money to fund political campaign work. And that is illegal.