Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Orie Charged With Felonies
State Sen. Jane Orie was arrested late Monday, nearly six months after a mistrial that was caused by the introduction of forged documents in her criminal trial, and has been charged with 16 new counts, including felony perjury, tampering with evidence, forgery and obstruction.
Ms. Orie, R-McCandless, was arraigned and released. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 7.
She had no comment.
I really don't have the time to do much on this, but Orie was orginally charged with the fairly mundane (and I'm pretty sure fairly common) practice of using her state paid legislative staff for campaign work. She's now looking at some pretty serious prison time if convicted.
You can read the affidavit of probable cause here and here.