More than four dozen members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have signed onto a resolution that could eventually lead to impeachment proceedings against convicted Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.
The resolution, introduced earlier this week, would give the House Judiciary Committee the power to launch an investigation into Melvin's conduct and determine whether to impeach her. The resolution’s sponsors include Rep. Glen Grell (R., Cumberland), the Judiciary Committee's chairman, and Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. of Philadelphia, the committee's ranking Democrat.
Melvin, a Republican, was convicted last month of theft of services, conspiracy and misappropriation of state property. An Allegheny County jury determined that Melvin conducted political activity on taxpayer time, and used public resources to help further Melvin's campaigns for the high court in 2003 and 2009.