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Trib Tuesday take editorial: Hafer's ignoble distinction

| Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer, right, and her attorney John Knorr, walk out of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Harrisburg in August 2016.  (Michael Bryant | The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer, right, and her attorney John Knorr, walk out of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Harrisburg in August 2016. (Michael Bryant | The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer joins the list of contemptible state officials who abused their public offices to profit personally. Pleading guilty earlier this year to deceiving federal officials about accepting $675,000 from an investment adviser — who in turn profited handsomely from Treasury Department business — Ms. Hafer will pay $50,000 and perform 500 hours of community service, but serve no jail time. Will this measure of justice dissuade other state officials from betraying their public trust? Probably not.

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