Pa. Calls Out Convicted Officials With Plaques Detailing Crimes

Four former lawmakers convicted of crimes have had plaques added to their portraits in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania has come up with a new way to deal with lawmakers who aren't so law-abiding: Shame.

Portraits of four Pennsylvania lawmakers that hang in Harrisburg are now adorned with plaques detailing their crimes, The Washington Post reported.

Former House speakers Bill DeWeese (D) and John Perzel (R) used state resources for their campaigns, The Post said; former Speaker Herbert Fineman (D) was convicted on two counts of obstruction of justice; and former Sen. Robert Mellow (D) pleaded guilty to political corruption and tax evasion.

The gallery in Harrisburg where these portraits hang was created in 1988, The Post said.

When faced with the decision of whether to simply remove the portraits or deal with the crimes head-on, the decision was made that transparency was the best policy, lawmakers told The Post.

What do you think about the decision to hang plaques detailing lawmakers' crimes?

Mac July 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM
harry finster July 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM
from politician to criminal a natural transition
sherry July 18, 2014 at 06:07 PM
best use of tax payer money I've heard in a long time
James W. Hill July 20, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Why honor them by displaying their portrait in the first place?
dwayne roberson July 22, 2014 at 07:18 AM
Attorney General Kathleen Kane should get a big one for covering up video taped bribes.


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