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Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read this morning

Published by Andrew McGill on .

orie copy copyThat's former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melivin lookin' at you over there, a court-enforced reminder of what happens to bad judges. More on that below.

1. Lookey here: Two of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's bodyguards and his chief administrator showed up before a federal grand jury today, presumably part of the widening FBI inquiry that's already brought down police chief Nate Harper.

2. Though hilarious, Judge Lester Nauhaus's sentencing requirement that Joan Orie Melvin write apology letters to every judge in Pennsylvania on a photo of herself in handcuffs might not be legal, our Paula Ward reports. And in general, shaming tactics don't work well, they say.

3. But PG columnist Brian O'Neill disagrees, making a defense of Nauhaus's decision that includes an interview with former House Speaker Bill Deweese (imprisoned for 2 1/2 years following a corruption conviction) about how bad jail is.

4. The state Supreme Court has upheld Pennsylvania's legislative redistricting, which will send a House seat from Allegheny County to Allentown. In the decision, the court acknowledged redistricting is a political process and didn't have a problem with that. PoliticsPA has a good round-up of current legislators who may have to go head-to-head to keep their seats.

5. Also from PolticsPa, the latest Franklin and Marshall University poll has Corbett's approval rating at an abysmal 25 percent.

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