Melvin, a Superior Court Judge at the time, was elected to the Supreme Court in 2009. She has not been charged.
Monday Superior Court rejected a defense challenge to a ruling by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning that allowed the case to continue. Also yesterday, the State Supreme Court turned down a request by the defense for a King's Bench review which would have bypassed the lower courts and had the Supreme Court examine the case.
Judge Manning earlier denied a defense request to bring in a jury from another county due to pre-trial publicity. Manning did say that no one from Orie's senatorial district could be chosen to sit on the jury.