I do not agree that Joan Orie Melvin was punished with “a wet noodle” (editorial, “The Melvin sentence,” May 9). The judge saw the reality of the situation — the Orie sisters are victims of a political witch hunt.
It is true the sisters broke the law. Jane Orie forged evidence used in her defense. That was wrong, but I understand her motive for doing so. To paraphrase “Catch-22” author Joseph Heller, “You aren't paranoid if they really are out to get you.”
I do not understand Allegheny County politics well enough to know why the system went after the Orie sisters, but I know one thing: Probably half of the politicians in this country are guilty of the same crimes. John 8:7 says this: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
Joan Orie Melvin and her sisters have been punished. They have been embarrassed. Their legal fees are enormous. Jane went to jail. Joan was fined $55,000.
It is time to put an end to crony politics. Politicians should be put on notice. From now on, all of them should obey campaign re-election laws, including Democrat politicians.
If they break the rules, impose harsh penalties. They have been warned.
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