Orie Melvin Removed from 'Vote No' List
PACleanSweep today removed Superior Court Judge Joan Orie Melvin from its list of judges for Pennsylvanians to reject for retention at the November 6 election.About PACleanSweep
The move was in response to documentation the organization received yesterday from Judge Orie Melvin showing she has returned $14,402.55 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The figure represents the after-tax amount Orie Melvin received under the Act 44 pay raise during the years 2005, 2006 and through the end of 2007.
"We believe Judge Orie Melvin has done everything in her power to personally reject the judicial swindle," said PACleanSweep chair Russ Diamond. "We cannot hold her responsible for taxes deducted by government entities and we're inclined to believe she did her best in determining the net payback figure. We've been provided a worksheet which calculates the taxes withheld from a gross amount of $24,502.47.
"We challenge every other judge in the Commonwealth to follow suit and make good on their oaths of office. Only then should Pennsylvanians engage in debate regarding their rulings, opinions and decisions."
Orie Melvin sent a check and a letter of explanation to state Treasurer Robin Weissmann on August 2, 2007. The hand-written letter stated the amount returned was "reimbursement for Act 44 judicial pay raise which includes 2005 (July 8, 2005 - November 16, 2005), 2006, and 2007 (through December 31)."
The Treasury Department confirmed receipt of the amount and noted it would be deposited in the Commonwealth's General Fund in a letter to Orie Melvin dated August 15, 2007.
"We're glad to see at least one member of the judicial branch willing to take personal action in an effort to support, obey and defend the Constitution. PACleanSweep sincerely thanks Judge Orie Melvin for making a stand for the ultimate will of the people," Diamond added. "We look forward to the discussion of her record on the bench."
PACleanSweep is a non-partisan effort dedicated to reforming state government in Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.PACleanSweep.com.