Convicted officials deserve stiff sentences

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Regarding former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper being sentenced to 18 months in prison, I completely disagree with letter writer Alfred Krasnow’s opinion (“Cruel Sentence,” March 4 letters). First, Harper’s position as chief of police does not put him above the law. He had to know what he was doing was against the law. He should have known better. Then he forgot to file income tax returns for four years. I can’t believe this was just an oversight. Even my teenage kids knew when they had to file their taxes, even though they didn’t owe anything.

I’m tired of all these public officials thinking that they are above everybody else — Vincent Fumo, John Perzel, Bill DeWeese, Bob Mellow, Joan Orie Melvin, Jane Orie, Brett Feese, Judge Mark Ciavarella, Judge Michael Conahan. Many officials are sentenced to long-term prison sentences only to be released early.

It’s all about the money — greedy politicians getting caught. They apologize to the public probably because they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. I think it’s time to send a message: If you get caught breaking the law, you serve out your time — all of it. Period.


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