Pennsylvania: Preliminary hearing in the case against Justice Joan Orie Melvin began July 30

The preliminary hearing in the criminal case against Justice Joan Orie Melvin began on July 30. Melvin faces charges that she violated state law by using court staff to assist in her 2003 and 2009 supreme court campaigns. Two staffers testified that they were uncomfortable with the political work they were asked to do. Of the nine counts recommended by the grand jury, the judge ruled that Melvin will stand trial on seven.