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Old 03-08-2009, 07:46 PM
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I find it amazing that the JUDGES agreed to serve seven years.

Why wasn't there a trial?

Are they immune to the same system they served without honor because they are CORRUPT judges who worked for the CORRUPT powers within the state of Pennsylvania who funded this CRIMINAL organization?

Where will they be serving their sentence?

Will they be barred from the bench for life?

To the men and women who worked behind the scenes to uncover this story, I consider you to be the epitome of integrity.

Bless you!


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Old 04-16-2009, 06:23 PM
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I'm looking for an article that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer several weeks ago that connected these two corrupt judges to the Mafia.

Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:27 PM
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Corrupt Pa. judge seeks dismissal of kids' lawsuit

Corrupt Pa. judge seeks dismissal of lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of locked-up children

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AP News

Mar 31, 2009 20:46 EDT

A Pennsylvania judge who pleaded guilty to corruption is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of children who allege he violated their civil rights by taking money in exchange for sending them to private detention centers.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella (shiv-uh-REL'-uh) says he's entitled to judicial immunity for decisions he made from the bench, even if those decisions were corrupt.

Ciavarella and former judge Michael Conahan have pleaded guilty to fraud. Prosecutors say they took more than $2 million in kickbacks from private juvenile detention centers. They each face more than seven years in prison when they are sentenced.

The suit filed by the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center is one of three civil actions faced by Ciavarella, Conahan and others.

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Sorry, pal.

But you're not entitled to anything.

The less fortunate children in our society whom you preyed upon are entitled.

Not you.

You are entitled to JAIL time.

You abused your power.

You are a disgrace to society.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:34 PM
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Found one of the articles about the Mafia connection.

Paper: $3.5M defamation award fixed by Pa. judge

Paper: $3.5M defamation award fixed by Pa. judge

Newspaper says $3.5 million defamation award fixed by corrupt Pa. judge, wants it overturned

MICHAEL RUBINKAM
AP News

Feb 19, 2009 17:12 EST

A newspaper said Thursday that a $3.5 million defamation award against it was fixed by a corrupt judge with connections to a reputed mobster at the heart of the case.

The extraordinary claim was made by the parent company of The Citizens' Voice in court papers asking the state Supreme Court to overturn the 2006 award by Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, who recently was convicted in a kickbacks scheme.

The Supreme Court should "vacate a judgment that very likely was a product of a corrupt judicial system," the paper said in a legal filing that signaled the widening fallout from one of the worst judicial corruption scandals in recent U.S. history.

Ciavarella and another judge, Michael Conahan, pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges last week after prosecutors said they took $2.6 million in kickbacks to send juveniles to privately owned youth lockups, possibly tainting thousands of convictions. The judges each face more than seven years in prison.

The state Supreme Court has assigned a judge from Berks County, about 85 miles south of Luzerne County, to review Ciavarella's juvenile cases dating back five years.

On Wednesday, a man challenged his 2008 sentence on a federal drug charge because it was partially based on the fact that he had a juvenile conviction years earlier handled by Ciavarella.

In The Citizens' Voice defamation case, Ciavarella awarded damages to a businessman in a lawsuit against the Wilkes-Barre newspaper. The paper had linked the businessman to William D'Elia, the reputed boss of the Bufalino crime family of northeastern Pennsylvania, who was sentenced to prison last year for witness tampering and conspiracy to launder drug money.

Ciavarella awarded $2 million to the businessman, Thomas Joseph, and $1.5 million to one of his companies, Acumark Inc., a direct-mail marketing firm. The state Superior Court upheld the judgment on appeal, ruling that 10 newspaper articles, some of which cited anonymous sources, were inaccurate and "resulted in a falsehood" against Joseph and Acumark.

In its appeal to the Supreme Court, the daily tabloid said the Superior Court was unaware of the judges' corruption when it upheld the defamation award.

In court documents filed Thursday, the newspaper said it had uncovered evidence that "strongly" suggests the $3.5 million nonjury verdict was "fixed" by Ciavarella and Conahan.

The paper said it had identified a potential witness who "would testify concerning direct connections between D'Elia and Judge Conahan and/or Judge Ciavarella." It didn't reveal the identity of the witness or disclose what the evidence was.

The paper said the judges and Luzerne County's court administrator, who pleaded guilty to embezzlement this week in another corruption case, manipulated policies regarding assignment of court cases to ensure Ciavarella heard the defamation suit.

George Kroner, an attorney for the businessman who won the judgment, criticized the paper's petition as "completely without merit," saying the defamation case had "absolutely nothing" to do with the kickbacks scandal.

An attorney for Ciavarella declined to comment Thursday. Conahan's lawyer did not immediately return a phone message.

Adam Graycar, who leads the Rutgers Institute on Corruption Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said he wasn't surprised the judges' decisions in other cases were coming under attack.

"What this demonstrates so strongly is that judges must have enormous integrity, because otherwise, you can't start to separate it out," he said.

But University of Pittsburgh law professor John Burkoff said defendants who appeared before Ciavarella or Conahan must show misconduct in their cases to stand any chance of getting verdicts or judgments overturned.

"You can't just say, 'These are bad judges, therefore everything they did was bad,'" he said.

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