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August 1, 2009

District judge rejects plea deal offered to crooked state judges

As detailed in this New York Times article, " a federal judge rejected the plea agreement of two former Pennsylvania county judges who pleaded guilty in February to a kickback scheme that involved sending juveniles to private detention facilities."  Here are more details:

The ex-judges, Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. of the Luzerne County juvenile court and Michael T. Conahan of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud and income tax fraud for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

In a highly critical order, issued Friday, Judge Edwin M. Kosik of Federal District Court in Scranton, Pa., said he based his decision on the comments and conduct of the two men after they entered guilty pleas to serve 87 months in prison....

Judge Kosik said the plea agreements were well below the sentencing guidelines. The men face a maximum penalty of 25 years, a fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of up to 5 years to be determined by the court, Judge Kosik said.

The full memorandum and order from Judge Kosik is available at this link.

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Finally, a district court judge with the balls to reject the lax enforcement against corrupted officials.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Aug 1, 2009 12:56:57 PM

It would only be fair to sentence each one of those guys to the amount of time spent in detention of every single juvenile detained. One hour detention should equal one day in prison. The records of every single juvenile should be expunged, reparations paid, apologies made and reforms made in the appointment of juvenile judges in that rotten state. The state must waive sovereign immunity on any civil rights civil suit. The county should pay through the arse.

Posted by: mpb | Aug 2, 2009 12:46:45 PM

Yes, SH, it is nice to see. In my view, capital punishment ought to be an option here.

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