PHILADELPHIA – The Third Circuit denied habeas relief to former Pennsylvania state Senator Jane Orie, finding that a mistrial and retrial did not amount to double jeopardy, because forged documents could have “tainted the jury’s verdict” during the first proceeding.
Orie was convicted of forgery, theft of services, Pennsylvania Ethics Act violations and other crimes. Her two sisters were also convicted on similar charges.
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