- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice has formally been removed from office and barred from being able to hold any judicial office more than two years after she resigned over allegations she used state-paid staff for campaign activities.

The Court of Judicial Discipline made the largely procedural ruling last week.

Joan Orie Melvin resigned in May 2013 after she was found guilty of using her Superior Court office in 2003 and 2009 for political gain.

The 59-year-old was sentenced to three years of house arrest and two years of probation. Melvin is also required to work at a soup kitchen three days a week and write letters of apology.

Melvin initially challenged her conviction, but later dropped the appeal.

Melvin couldn’t be reached for comment.

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