By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued two orders today placing former Luzerne County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and state Senator Jane C. Orie on temporary suspension from the Pennsylvania bar because of their criminal convictions.
The orders, which stem from actions taken by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, come after both Ciavarella and Orie were convicted of various corruption charges in separate and unrelated criminal trials. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin did not participate in the court’s decision to suspend her sister Jane Orie.
Ciavarella was convicted for his role in the Luzerne County judicial corruption scandal and sentenced to 28 years in prison. Fellow former Judge Michael Conahan, sentenced to 17.5 years for his role in the scandal, was disbarred on consent from the bar in 2011.
Jane Orie was convicted on 14 of the 24 corruption charges she faced related to having her legislative staffers conduct campaign work on state time.