So bizzare, can you believe this could be true?
~~AP) SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A federal prosecutor is laying out the case against a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge charged in a $2.8 million scheme to send juvenile offenders to privately run detention facilities.
In opening statements Tuesday, the prosecutor says one-time Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella accepted kickbacks from the builder of one facility and extorted cash from that facility's owner.
Ciavarella's attorney, William Ruzzo, denied the extortion claim.
Ruzzo also says the judge accepted a finder's fee from the builder, not a kickback. He says Ciavarella didn't know he was not allowed to take that money.
Investigators say Ciavarella routinely sent juvenile offenders to a pair of privately run lockups as part of a bribery plotAnswer Question
Answer by UpSheRises at 12:33 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 12:37 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
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Answer by lovinangels at 12:55 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
This is old, right? is it just getting to trial?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:20 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
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