We decided to correct the record.
‘On taxes” – Fetterman bought a number of properties under the entity Braddock Redux. Most were various states of liens/probate/etc… and John was in the process of either assuming the liens or dealing with the taxes with Allegheny County. Some were commercial properties, and some were residential properties. The total amount of back taxes totaled approximately $13K. Considering most properties in Braddock range between an assessed value of $1000 and $70,000, $13000 in taxes is minimal. All have been resolved. Side note: I am personally familiar with property values in Braddock, Braddock Redux, and what John did with the properties he purchased at that time.
“On crime” – Fetterman has only said that he would like to do away with the mandatory life sentence for second degree murder, and leave sentencing up to the judge instead. Also, on the subject of crime, Oz’s campaign has used a chopped quote to make it seem as though Fetterman, as chairman of the Board of Pardons, wants to release all felony murderers immediately but the full clip of the conversation shows Fetterman was actually talking about two particular inmates.
Here is what John Fetterman said:
“The Horton brothers were called the two finest inmates in our state prison system, the two you know? I have made getting them out of prison, like the most, you know, critical thing I’ll ever do. There isn’t anything that I won’t do within the limits of the law and my office, to make sure that they are free,”
The Horton brothers were wrongly convicted of felony murder. You can find out what actually happened on the next section dealing with the charge against Fetterman that he “hires felons.”
“On hiring felons” – As for the felon’s case, that one is easy. He hired two brothers who were convicted of murder. The two brothers were in fact convicted of murder…wrongly. They were driving around when they were younger and ended up picking up their friend. Unknown to them, their friend had just shot someone. The prosecutors offered them a reduced sentence IF they ratted out their friend. They said that they could not testify against him as they did not participate in anything, see anything, or even know about it until well after the fact. So, the DA instead charged them with murder as they were unwitting and unknowing accomplices. They were eventually released (after a collective 30 years of wrongful imprisonment) but because their records were not expunged, they are still convicted murderers. So, John hired them instead.
He is truly “walking the talk” regarding felons and rehabilitation.
Editor’s Note: We received most of the above information via a social media post. Lancaster Courier has fact checked all the claims and they do check out. The post we received was not credited or copyrighted so we are unable to give that credit at the time of this writing. Also, this is not an endorsement of John Fetterman. We just wanted to correct the blatant lies that are being told about him.
Featured image via screen capture.