- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - In a story Feb. 9 about the release from prison of state Sen. Jane Orie, The Associated Press erroneously reported accusations on which she had been convicted. She was convicted of illegally using state-paid staff to campaign for herself, but she was acquitted of charges of involving illegal campaigning for her sister.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Ex-Pa. Sen. Jane Orie released from prison

Former Pa. Sen. Jane Orie released from prison early after corruption conviction

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Former Republican state Sen. Jane Orie, who was convicted of using her state-paid legislative staff on her own political campaigns, has been released from prison after serving less than two years.

A spokeswoman for the State Correctional Institution at Cambridge Springs says the 52-year-old Orie was released early Sunday morning.

Orie was sentenced in June 2012 to 2½ to 10 years in prison by an Allegheny County judge. She was released early because of credit for good behavior and a rule that let her serve 75 percent of her minimum term because she’s a non-violent criminal.

Orie was told after a November parole board hearing she would be released following the completion of her minimum sentence. The parole board noted her “positive institutional behavior,” the “positive recommendation made by the Department of Corrections” and her “demonstrated motivation for success,” according to information provided by SCI Cambridge Springs.

Her release comes as the appeal of her conviction and sentence is still pending.

Orie plans to return to Pittsburgh’s North Hills suburbs and live with her father, a retired physician.

Orie was charged with illegally using her state-paid staff on her own campaigns as well as those of her sister, former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. Though convicted of illegal campaigning in her own races, Orie was acquitted, in a separate 2012 trial, of charges that she illegally helped Melvin’s campaigns.

Melvin, 57, was charged separately and convicted last year of using her own Superior Court staffers to run her 2003 and 2009 campaigns for the Supreme Court, and with conspiring to use Sen. Orie’s staff illegally on those same campaigns.

Melvin has since been removed from the court and was sentenced to three years’ house arrest and other penalties, but that’s been suspended while she, too, appeals her conviction.

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