According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Court of Judicial Discipline held a hearing yesterday on whether suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin should continue to be paid during her suspension. Her attorney argued that an unpaid suspension would set new precedent and would endanger judges who might be unfairly accused by attorneys appearing before them. The Judicial Conduct Board took the position that the felony charges against Justice Orie Melvin and the fact that the other employees of her judicial office lost their jobs are good reasons to make her suspension unpaid. The Court of Judicial Discipline informed the parties it intends to rule within the next two weeks. Also yesterday, Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Manning heard argument on whether or not to consolidate the trials of Justice Orie Melvin and her sister Janine Orie.