Ex-Supreme Court judge Melvin appeals her corruption conviction

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PITTSBURGH — Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is asking that same court to hear an appeal of her campaign corruption conviction and sentence.

Melvin was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to three years' probation, a $55,000 fine, and community service in a soup kitchen. But she was also ordered to send an apology to every judge in the state.

In August the state Superior Court upheld her conviction, including writing the apology letters.

Orie Melvin filed her petition Monday to the state Supreme Court. The former justice says that being required to write the apologies violates her right against self-incrimination. Prosecutors have claimed that argument is irrelevant because Melvin apologized for her conduct before sentencing.

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