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Apr 29 - Pa. judge gets 28 years for selling kids to prisons

 Apr 29 - Pa. judge gets 28 years for selling kids to prisons
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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A longtime northeastern Pennsylvania judge was ordered to spend nearly three decades in prison for his role in a massive juvenile justice bribery scandal that prompted the state's high court to toss thousands of convictions

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in federal prison for taking $1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as "kids for cash."

Ciaverella, 61, was motionless when the decision was announced and had no reaction. From behind him, where family members of some of the children he sentenced sat, someone cried out "Woo hoo!"

In the wake of the scandal, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed about 4,000 convictions issued by Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008, saying he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles, including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea.

Ciavarella was tried and convicted of racketeering charges earlier this year. His attorneys had asked for a "reasonable" sentence in court papers, saying, in effect, that he's already been punished enough.

"The media attention to this matter has exceeded coverage given to many and almost all capital murks, and despite protestation, he will forever be unjustly branded as the 'Kids for Cash' judge," their sentencing memo said.

Al Fora, Ciaverella's lawyer, called the sentence harsher than expected. Ciaverella surrendered immediately but it was not immediately known where he would serve his sentence.

Ciaverella, speaking before the sentence was handed down, apologized to the community and to those juveniles that appeared before him in his court.

"I blame no one but myself for what happened," he said, and then denied he had ever incarcerated any juveniles in exchange for money.

He also criticized U.S. a$sistant Attorney Gordon Zubrod for referring to the case as "kids for cash," and said it sank his reputation.

"He backdoored me, and I never saw it coming. Those three words made me the personification of evil," Ciaverella said. "They made me toxic and caused a public uproar the likes of which this community has never seen."

Federal prosecutors accused Ciavarella and a second judge, Michael Conahan, of taking more than $2 million in bribes from the builder of the PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care detention centers and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the facilities' co-owner.

Ciavarella, known for his harsh and autocratic courtroom demeanor, filled the beds of the private lockups with children as young as 10, many of them first-time offenders convicted of petty theft and other minor crimes.

The judge remained defiant after his arrest, insisting the payments were legal and denying he incarcerated youths for money.

The jury returned a mixed verdict following a February trial, convicting him of 12 counts, including racketeering and conspiracy, and acquitting him of 27 counts, including extortion. The guilty verdicts related to a payment of $997,600 from the builder.

Conahan pleaded guilty last year and awaits sentencing.
Pa. judge gets 28 years in 'kids for cash' case -

Not even one bit surprised by this and you already know this goes on throughout the country. It's just so !!ed up when the prison system is a profitable business and not just a necessary evil of society

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30 comments for "Apr 29 - Pa. judge gets 28 years for selling kids to prisons"

 04-29-2013, 12:39 PMonline - #2
Sin 460 heat pts460

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Now that's justice
 04-29-2013, 12:43 PMaway - #3
Spiffy 34 heat pts34

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I hope they !! him up, for reals. I hope the kids he sent to jail have older siblings or a dad in the same prison who beat him up, physical and secksually
 04-29-2013, 03:18 PMaway - #4
Based_One 61 heat pts61

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this the same dude who was on that capitalism movie? He a !! as nicca fareal money the root of all evil.
 04-29-2013, 03:20 PMaway - #5
toonice12 10 heat pts10

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Who ever got this dude needs to bring they a$s down here to Atlanta, GA ASAP!!!!!!
 04-29-2013, 04:50 PMaway - #6
Boo The Fool 3 heat pts

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4,000 convictions in just five years somebody should've suspected something was up..
 04-29-2013, 05:18 PMaway - #7
Anahuac 4 heat pts

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Prison state is real you guys. I imagine this is happening all over the country.
 04-29-2013, 05:38 PMaway - #8
Hit Em' Up 52 heat pts52

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Lol hes going to have a nicer life in jail then most of us probably have at home...all the money and connections someone that high up as....we're talking about a judge here. He'll be ok....
 04-29-2013, 07:01 PMaway - #9
Stabbin101 18 heat pts18

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America is the worst country

American people are the stupidest
 04-29-2013, 07:46 PMaway - #10

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Originally Posted by toonice12
Who ever got this dude needs to bring they a$s down here to Atlanta, GA ASAP!!!!!!
 04-30-2013, 12:02 AMaway - #11
stogz 7 heat pts

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This is a wide spread problem. Anywhere there is a "private" prison, then this is happening.
 04-30-2013, 03:43 AMaway - #12

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poetic justice

but what about the victims
 04-30-2013, 04:23 AMaway - #13
Black Yeezus II 193 heat pts193

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woulda gave him all the time he gave to "sold" defendants in one sentence. like now u do the time mutha!!er your welcome.
 04-30-2013, 04:29 AMaway - #14
JoeDoe22 41 heat pts41

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Originally Posted by st@bbin101
America is the worst country

American people are the stupidest
Cool story, please tell me more.
 04-30-2013, 04:40 AMaway - #15
astrotrain 1 heat pts

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!! this [!].
 04-30-2013, 04:53 AMaway - #16
Tony Franks 2 heat pts

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I dont think 28 years is enough for the level of the crime committed. He was ruining lives every day. U know he wont do 28 years. He shouldnt have the possibility of seeing the outside again.
 04-30-2013, 05:14 AMaway - #17
Kick Dayez 1 heat pts

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so where da black kids

Last edited by Kick Dayez; 04-30-2013 at 05:18 AM..
 04-30-2013, 05:15 AMaway - #18
Dee Grande 837 heat pts837

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judge people
 04-30-2013, 05:34 AMaway - #19
the407problem 2 heat pts

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at least we know his old a$s is gonna die in there
 04-30-2013, 05:58 AMaway - #20

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Should've got the [rip] penalty or life w/o parole. Sick !! ruining the lives of children for a couple dollars? We as a country need to set the precedent that this type of abuse of power will not be tolerated. His crimes should be considered human trafficking.

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