Ex-Justice Orie Melvin Gets House Arrest, Not Prison Time

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The judge who sentenced former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin for her conviction on political corruption charges fashioned an unusual punishment Tuesday, sentencing the former jurist to three years of house arrest and ordering her to send a picture of herself with an apology written on it to every member of the Pennsylvania judiciary.

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  • Justice for All Not Some

    This is a complete disgrace. The remainder of the Judiciary in the State of Pennsylvania and the attorneys who protect them need to be abolished. We can start anew or afresh without their help. We don't need this arrogance or ignorance. Freaking elitists. Its time for a revolution. Karl Marx said it best in his Manifesto-

  • Jude Rene Montarsi

    Orie Melvin's arrogance might have been "stunning"--as characterized by Judge Nauhaus--but equally stunning is Nauhaus' rationale for not sentencing her to prison. He claimed that he knew that such a sentence of a public figure would not serve as a deterrent because "nobody thinks they'll get caught."

    So, let's see the judge's "reasoning" here--"Since my sentencing of corrupt public figures is aimed, above all, NOT at punishing the wrongdoers but rather to deter future wrongdoers, I think I'll have Orie Melvin spend the next 3 years living at home, except for her work in soup kitchens. THAT ought to deter such future wrongdoing by public figures!!!

    To paraphrase Will Rogers: "The only time the field of humor is crowded is when Pennsylvania's judges hand down and then 'explain' their fatuous decisions."

  • Albert Davenport

    So jail isn't a deterrent for public figures, huh? Apparently it is for the poor and not so famous. Isn't it time the punishment fit the crime, not the criminal's social status?

  • Albert Davenport

    So jail isn't a deterrent for public figures, huh? Apparently it is for the poor and not so famous. Isn't it time the punishment fit the crime, not the criminal's social status?

  • Larry Hohol

    This is how silence is purchased in PA politics. She did what she did but she was also critical of the Former Chief Justice of the PA Supreme Court and had to be silenced. This non-punishment sentence will keep her from exposing all of the real law breakers that call Harrisburg their home. Don't be fooled by the sentencing judge scathing attack. Watch what the judge does, not what or how he says anything. What a horrible state of affairs.

  • It's ALL a FACADE

    This appears to be another punishment against someone who is/was NOT playing ball with the "good ole boys & girls". Penna is very eager to punish & stop those amongst them, who in ANY way show courage against the criminal status quo. Conahan was protected as if he was royalty, by the JCB. I don't see any change in Penna that is significant; I see the facade of change & ethics is very important. Getting rid of the most entrenched, corrupted individuals & groups is the real challenge. No willingness to hear & act upon the most grievous damages & injuries to citizens, caused by criminal officials, judges & attorneys.

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