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Former state Sen. Jane Orie files federal habeas corpus appeal in state corruption case

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PITTSBURGH — Former state senator Jane Orie has filed a federal habeas corpus appeal of her campaign corruption and forgery conviction and resulting prison sentence.

Orie promised the appeal — filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Pittsburgh — after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal last September.

The Pittsburgh-area Republican was convicted in 2012 and served 22½ months in prison for using her state-paid Senate staff to run her re-election campaigns. She was also convicted of introducing forged defense documents during her first trial in 2011, resulting in a mistrial.

The 208-page habeas corpus petition lists seven alleged errors that she says are sufficient to reverse her conviction and sentence.

Those issues, previously rejected by the state Superior Court, include Orie's argument that the second trial at which she was convicted amounted to double jeopardy.

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