PA Judge’s Sentence Includes Written Apologies to Each of State’s 500 Judges


Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced to three years’ house arrest for misusing her staff, and Judge Lester Nauhaus ordered her to write notes of apology on a photograph of herself in handcuffs to every jurist in the state, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You brought shame to the judiciary,” Nauhaus said. “There are 500 members of the judiciary who have been tarnished by your behavior.” Her punishment includes service three days a week at a soup kitchen. Her attorneys have said they plan to appeal her convictions on six counts, including three felonies, for misusing her judicial staff and that of her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, to campaign for her in 2003 and 2009. “I have always believed prison is for dangerous people,” said Judge Nauhaus. “I also believe putting [her] in prison is going to cost the taxpayers a fortune.”

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