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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-09-11 07:42 AM
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Orie's fate could rest in hands of forensic scientists.
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Edited on Wed Mar-09-11 07:50 AM by Divernan
Excellent AP article published in Scaife's Trib-Review, detailing the twists and turns in the forged document situation. There seems to be much more detailed coverage (unfavorable to Orie on the whole) in the Trib Review than in the Post Gazette. Very surprising - apparently Scaife has OKed going after the Orie tribe. Very interesting explanation of ink dating, which brings into question not only WHO forged/cut and pasted the fraudulent signatures, but WHEN it was done.

University of Pittsburgh law Professor John Burkoff and other experts say the future of the corruption case against Orie -- and perhaps her future as a public figure and an attorney -- could hinge on the opinions of scientists.

Susan Abbey, a Dallas handwriting and document expert who examined one Orie document for The Associated Press, called it "one of the worst cut-and-paste jobs I've ever seen."

Because evidentiary documents "speak for themselves," Abbey said their authenticity is paramount.

"If it's fraudulently created or, you know, manipulated in some way, it can purport to say one thing when it actually says another," Abbey said.

Read more: Sen. Jane Orie's fate could rest in hands of scientists - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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