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3 political sisters in Pa. convicted of corruption

Saturday - 2/23/2013, 6:48am  ET

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2012 file photo, former Pennsylvania state Sen. Jane Orie, R-Allegheny, walks to the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh. Orie was found guilty and is serving 2½ to 10 years in prison for misusing her state-funded staffers on her own campaigns. With the conviction of her sisters, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, and Janine Orie on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, all three sisters were found guilty in campaign corruption crimes. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

JOE MANDAK
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The story has more irony than a Greek tragedy. Three sisters from a devoutly Catholic family have seen their personal and political careers ruined by a scandal that began with, of all things, a letter to some nuns.

Thursday's conviction of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin along with her aide and sister, Janine Orie, on campaign corruption charges mean they might join a third sister -- former state Sen. Jane Orie -- in state prison. No sentencing date has been set.

The former senator was sentenced last year to 2
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