A Pennsylvania court will determine whether Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin should be paid while she defends herself against criminal corruption charges.
The Court of Judicial Discipline has scheduled a hearing for June 12. Melvin has 30 days to respond to a complaint filed on Friday based on the corruption charges she faces. Her salary is $195,000 a year.
Melvin was charged May 18 with illegally using her taxpayer-funded staff in her 2003 and 2009 campaigns for a seat on the state's highest court.
The Republican justice from Pittsburgh's suburbs has pleaded not guilty and contends the charges are politically motivated. Democrat Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. denies that.
Melvin's sister, Jane Orie, is awaiting sentencing June 4 on her conviction for similarly misusing her legislative staff.