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Former Pennsylvania politician claims mistreatment in South Carolina prison

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 8:17 AM
Last updated 7:06 PM
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SCRANTON, Pa. — Attorneys for former Pennsylvania state Sen. Robert J. Mellow say he was mistreated at a federal prison in South Carolina while serving time stemming from a corruption case.

The 70-year-old Mellow, one-time top Democrat in the state Senate, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Prosecutors say his staff worked on taxpayer-paid time on a range of political campaign activities in 2006.

His attorneys told a federal judge Mellow was denied the right to shower and communicate with them while being held at the Federal Correctional Institution-Williamsburg in South Carolina. Assistant U.S. Attorney Fran Sempa told the judge he spoke with the warden, who assured him Mellow wasn’t treated differently than any other inmate.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports Mellow was transferred last week to the federal prison in Jesup, Ga.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/06/13 - 09:11 am
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The stupid
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punk should not have been a crook to begin with. Whatever deprivation he "suffered" could have been averted by being an honest citizen. Oops! I forgot. he's a democrat.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/06/13 - 03:00 pm
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Stop complaining!! You were

Stop complaining!! You were given the trust of the taxpayers; and then cheated them. Enjoy your stay in prison. I only wish we could put more of your colleagues in there with you!!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/13 - 11:22 am
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Don't commit crimes, then you

Don't commit crimes, then you don't have to worry about "mistreatment" in prison.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/06/13 - 09:04 pm
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Wonder what he doing that he

Wonder what he doing that he requires extra shower privileges? Prisons are well known to limit contact with the outside world, what did he expect Russian Caviar and Cuban cigars .

KSL
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KSL 08/06/13 - 09:35 pm
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It is really simple

You don't like prison life, be good. Do not do anything tha that puts you there. You should not have to be higher than a moron to understand that.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/06/13 - 10:20 pm
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gargoyle

Actually, he probably did!! That's the mentality of our politicians today!! There is NOONE who believes politicians to be special, more than themselves!! He probably EXPECTED special treatment, like the mafia!!

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/06/13 - 10:40 pm
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Former Sen. Robert J. Mellow

Former Sen. Robert J. Mellow seems to be a poster child for what's wrong with our government . They have voted themselves above the law and aren't afraid to rub our noses in it every chance they get. Even after being convicted and issued a prison number they expect royal treatment . Once they get handed the key to the public till the personality change from candidate to office holder is sickening in most cases and we let them get away it over and over. After elections are over we get treated like peasants even at the local level .

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/07/13 - 05:58 am
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That poor baby

I feel so sorry for him. NOT!

jmo
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jmo 08/07/13 - 06:01 am
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Put his.....

butt out on a chain gang instead of watching color tv and he will really understand "mistreatment".

myfather15
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myfather15 08/07/13 - 06:03 am
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JMO

I actually would LOVE to see that!! I want them to reinstate the Chain gang!! But thanks to the LP's and their bleeding hearts saying we can't expect inmates to work that hard, we probably will NEVER get it back.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/07/13 - 07:33 am
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I have only one thing to say

They missed a few top democrats & RINO's still in office.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/13 - 07:47 am
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The American Princes and Princesses. Bow Low, u peasant.
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The American Princes and Princesses. Bow Low, u peasant.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/07/13 - 08:25 am
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"His attorneys told a federal

"His attorneys told a federal judge Mellow was denied the right to shower and communicate with them ..."

What's the world coming to when a politician can't shower with his attorneys in prison? (c;

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