Dear Doug and the Left Business Observers,
<BR>On the subject of youth, hormones, and the impact of an Asian crisis;
all I can say is that I was young once too.
<P>On June 17th an old political friend of mine, former district justice
for Allegheny County & Pittsburgh, Jules Melograne was sentenced
to 27 months in Federal prision for fixing traffic tickets. Yes,
that's correct traffic tickets! Had Jules ever taken any money for
fixing hundreds of tickets between December of 1990 and July of 1993? <U>
No, he had not.</U>
<BR>Although, he did admit to having accepted one or two fruit baskets
and on one occassion he had let an errant handyman, plaster some cracks
in his courtroom.
<P>According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Olga Melograne asked for mercy
for her husband, who wept as he apologized in a brief statement to U.S.District
Judge Donetta W. Ambrose. "All my life I've helped people out," Jules
<P>If I could sum Jules up in a word; that word would be tolerant.
It's a pretty sorry state of affairs when the Federal government puts a
70 year old man away for helping common people out. <U> Jules is not
perfect; but this is terrible! </U>
<P>Does this mean, that in the eyes of the Federal Government, a local
district justice or magistrate has no discretion on how to handle minor
local matters like traffic tickets?