As she is a non-violent felon, I'm OK with most of this.
Disgraced former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced today to house arrest followed by probation and ordered to send handwritten apologies on photographs of herself to every judge in the Commonwealth.
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus sentenced Ms. Orie Melvin to three years' house arrest with two years' probation to follow...
She must serve in a soup kitchen three times a week and can otherwise only leave her house for church.
Judge Nauhaus also ordered that an official county photographer take a photograph of Ms. Orie Melvin, on copies of which she must apologize to each of Pennsylvania's judges. She must pay for the cost.
Her sentence also includes $55,000 in fines, a prohibition on using the title "justice" during her term and handwriting apologies to former members of her campaign staff and that of her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, whom she made engage in illegal work.
Our prisons are crowded enough without adding people to the prison population who are no real danger to society, so house arrest is entirely appropriate. However, what is up with writing out apologies on photos of herself? That's just weird.