Patch Poll: What Do You Think of Former State Sen. Jane Orie's Sentence?

Judge sentences Orie to two-and-a-half to 10 years in prison.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning sentenced the 50-year-old former Republican lawmaker to a prison term of between 2 1/2 and 10 years on corruption charges.

of five felonies and nine misdemeanors; the charges stemmed from allegations that she used her legislative staff to do campaign work.

The charges included theft of services, ethics violations, tampering with evidence and forgery.

Restitution will be decided within 30 days based on legal briefs that have not been submitted yet.

Do you think the sentence was fair? Too harsh? Too lenient?

Please vote in our poll and tell us your reasons in the comments section below.

Paul Harrison June 04, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Too many so called public figures who ask us the vote for them and "they will change the world" have their hands in the cookie jar. Why it takes so long to convict and sentence them is beyond me. Two and a half years? Com'on her crime is worth more than that. She'll be back running for some other political job after her jail time.
Susan M. June 04, 2012 at 08:53 PM
OK so, 2 1/2 years is not long enough? It's crazy long! There are violent offenders out there that don't get any sentence at all. How about the drug dealers? They certainly don't spent any time in jail. Priorities!
JAB June 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Old saying , dont do the crime if you cant do the time!!! Shes one of many politicans who got caught... One of the most disturbing things about the whole case is Zapallas abuse of power of his office to prosecute!!! Why?? Because of a long standing feud between the Orie family and Zapalla family... I really dont have an opinion on the sentence.... And I have met Steve Zapalla in the past at a political function who I considered a stand up guy and a tough and fair guy for the difficulty of his position... Now when you see the BS of the situation as a whole its a SAD time for Pa tax payers... Wholesome opinions of Zapalla need to be recessed,,, and a state investigation should be warranted of Zapallas office , actions ,, and how the charges proceeded!!! No , im not an Orie fan but ,, revenge of the family has made a mockery out of the DAs office!!! JAB


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