Note: I am writing this post within the fog of a migraine. If I suddenly type the word duhbertation you’ll know why.
I haven’t written about it but I have of course been closely following the Orie Sisters trial, partly because I love the drama of it all, and this trial was no exception with accusations of a sexual relationship and mentions of “elephants in the room,” and partly because I was hoping some awesome new pictures of the Orie sisters would come out of it.
Throughout the trial, employees have painted Jane Orie as a tough boss who they often did political work for on State time. That’s a no-no. A big one. Her right-hand woman for many years, Jamie Pavlot, testified against the Ories in exchange for immunity.
Then Jane Orie took the stand and said other than a few times where she got “lazy” she never engaged in political work on State time and that she entrusted Jamie to take care to make sure no political work was being done. Several memos purportedly from Jane Orie to Jamie indicated exactly that. Don’t allow anyone to do political work unless it is on their personal time.
Several documents along those lines were presented by the defense, supposedly showing Jamie’s signature, and each time, Jamie claimed to never have seen them before. In fact, the Orie attorney mocked her during his closing arguments about it:
In his 90-minute closing argument, Mr. Costopoulos repeatedly assailed the credibility of the senator’s former chief of staff, Jamie Pavlot, who is still employed in Ms. Orie’s office. He contended that the 10-count indictment against the prominent Republican “rises and falls on her truthfulness.”
He reviewed a series of handwritten messages from the senator to the aide, in which Ms. Orie urged her, in one form or another, to be vigilant in separating political and legislative work. He mocked the fact that Ms. Pavlot had testified that she did not recognize any of those directives.
This was the one thing that stuck in my craw. I deep down thought with so many employees testifying that they had been instructed to do political work, that Jane was probably guilty. But these memos. Maybe she was trusting Jamie to put out the directive.
Then today … BOOM! goes the BOMB! on the Orie Sisters trial.
A mistrial declared when it became apparent that documents were doctored. That Jamie’s signature had been cut and pasted from one document onto a new document, one in which Jane Orie had handwritten that Jamie must take care to make sure employees separate their work.
As the judge said, “Ray Charles could see that signature was doctored.”
He then told the jury he was declaring a mistrial because “fraud had been perpetrated.”
BOOM! goes the word FRAUD! in the BOMB! on the Orie Sisters trial.
I’m not a lawyer or a judge or a police officer, so I don’t know what the repercussions are for this, should they be proven, but as a regular person who has been following this trial from day one, and who sees that the entire defense might have rested on doctored documents, this feels like the true beginning of the end of Jane Orie.
Also, when you type Jane Orie into Daylife.com, Ray Charles comes up as a suggestion.
It just feels like it SHOULD be a word.