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Former state supreme court judge mails court-ordered apology letters

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Originally ordered to send out letters of apology to Pennsylvania judges, along with a photo of herself in handcuffs, a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court judge persuaded an appeals court to nix the photo.

However, Joan Orie Melvin was still required to apologize in writing, and has done so, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“As a former member of the Pennsylvania Judiciary, I realize that my conduct has impacted the public’s perception toward the judiciary and the difficulty it has imposed upon the discharge of your responsibilities as a judge,”the letter states in part.

In conclusion, she writes: “I accept responsibility for the crimes for which I have been convicted. I regret any harm my conduct has caused you.”

Hat tip: Associated Press

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ABAJournal.com: “Judge calls former state supreme court judge’s apology letters ‘unsatisfactory,’ orders a do-over”

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