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Judge, Gets 28 Years In 'Kids For Cash' Case

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  1. Chino Kapone

    Chino Kapone Yo, whats wrong wit da beer we got?

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/judge-sentenced-cash-for-kids

    SCRANTON, Pa. (Associated Press) — A longtime northeastern Pennsylvania judge has been 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."

    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, 61, 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 murders, and despite protestation, he will forever be unjustly branded as the `Kids for Cash' judge," their sentencing memo said.

    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, meanwhile, pleaded guilty last year and awaits sentencing.
     
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    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

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    The scumbag should have gotten the death penalty, just for the constitutional violations, IMO.
     
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    There was an episode of Law and order made about this case.
     
  4. whiskeyguy

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    I would be content with the total sum of years he handed out to these defendants.
     
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    Neckbeard I'm Team Piggy!

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    1-877-kids-4-cash
     
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    Suuuuuuuure, I have that number on speed dial.

    /Uncle Paul
     
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    That works even better.
     
  8. Chino Kapone

    Chino Kapone Yo, whats wrong wit da beer we got?

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    This is why having 'for profit' prisons is bullshit. These prisons look at the test scores of 4th graders and accurately judge how many future convicts they will have then buy that many mattresses in bulk so that they can get them cheaper.
     
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    The whole system is a racket, maaan.
     
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    1-877 Kids for cash
     
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    Fixed for Linger Longerdness.
     
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    Oh, Uncle Whiskey. :action-sm
     
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