Former state Sen. Jane Orie, R-Allegheny, will be in Allegheny County court today for her sentencing hearing.
Orie was convicted on
March 26 of 14 of 24 criminal counts against her, including charges of theft of
services, conflict of interest and forgery.
All charges were related to her use
of taxpayer-funded resources for political purposes or her first trial, which
ended in a mistrial due to the submission of forged evidence.
William Costopoulos, has argued in a court motion that sentencing guidelines
for Orie’s convictions range from probation to 9 to 18 months in jail, plus
monetary penalties “within the $25,000 range.” Prosecutors have requested more
than $2 million in restitution and potentially up to eight years in prison.
Some say Orie’s forgery convictions could result in her seeing some prison time.
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Update: 06/04/12 10:01p
Ex-state Sen. Orie gets prison term for corruption