PITTSBURGH (AP) – A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice has finally mailed apology letters to every other judge in the state as part of her criminal sentence for using her state-paid staff to run her political campaigns.

Other judges began receiving Joan Orie Melvin’s letters Thursday which begin with the sentence, “Please allow me to apologize for my conduct.”

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The Allegheny County judge who sentenced her had rejected previous letters in which Melvin acknowledged only being found guilty “as a matter of law” telling Melvin, that “isn’t an apology.”

An appeals court overturned a requirement that Melvin write the apologies on a picture of her in handcuffs saying that was designed only to “shame and humiliate her.”

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Melvin is also serving three years of house arrest and was fined $55,000.

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