Thursday, December 24, 2009
State Senator Jane Orie, a Republican from Allegheny County, has retained a lawyer after her offices were searched by Allegheny County detectives as part of a county grand jury investigation. Attorney Jerry McDevitt says computers and laptops were seized as well as a computer server. McDevitt says the investigation apparently began a day before the November election when an intern in Orie's office complained to the district attorney's office that political calls were being made from there on behalf of State Supreme Court nominee Joan Orie Melvin, the senator's sister. McDevitt told the Post-Gazette he plans to "unleash hell in December" over the raid at Senator Orie's office. He accuses District Attorney Stephen Zappala of carrying out an overly broad and unconstitutional search warrant.