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Our opinion: Oh, how embarrassing

May 13, 2013

Former Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has been photographed a lot over the past year, usually while marching in and out of the Allegheny County Courthouse....

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May-14-13 1:34 PM

"The public officials should be held with even stiffer penalties for violating the public trust."

GREAT comment!! City Council and school officials should take note.

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May-14-13 1:42 AM

In reading the court transcript, Melvin's defense claimed prosecutorial misconduct. In one instance, a witness was asked to identify documents that save for the cover page had nothing to do with the trial. It goes on and on. Melvin claimed all along that Allegheny County DA, Steve Zapalla engaged in a political vendetta. It appears that while the case evidence was strong enough for a conviction, most of the damning testimony could be viewed as hearsay at best. If one reads between the lines, Melvin's sentence may very well indicate skepticism from Judge Nauhaus even though he chided Melvin at sentencing.

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May-13-13 9:10 AM

Not sure there is a word that can accurately describe this. And we wonder why we have issues with elected officials. No accountability at any level.

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