PA Supreme Court Justice Resigns After Corruption Conviction

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille called Monday "a sad day" for the judicial system.

One of his former colleagues on the bench, former Justice Joan Orie Melvin, resigned from her seat after a conviction for corruption.

"It reflects poorly on the entire judiciary," Castille said.

Orie Melvin resigned Monday, a few weeks after she was found guilty of using taxpayer-funded resources for her campaign. Charges include theft, conspiracy and misappropriation of state services.