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Former Pa. Judge Took Kickbacks, Extorted Money In Alleged Kids-for-cash Scheme?

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 plot

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 12:31 PM on Feb. 8, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Michael Moore did a snippet about this in his movie capitalism movie.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 12:33 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Prosecutors allege the former Luzerne County judge conspired to close a county-owned juvenile detention center, helped pave the way for the construction of a private, for-profit center and wrongfully imprisoned juveniles there in return for a share of $2.8 million in bribes and kickbacks.

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:35 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Michael Moore did a snippet about this in his movie capitalism movie.


    So, Moore thought, Ciavarella~ A Democratic Judge~ was a capitalist Pig.... Did Moore look in the mirror ?  ;o)

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:36 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • smells like mafioso
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 12:37 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Hooray for privitization! Let's do more!
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 12:37 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Wow. That's scary. I haven't heard about it before. But I can unfortunately believe it.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 12:37 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Happens more than you think and in more than just that state!!! Most are just smart enough to not get caught...
    MommaClark3

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 12:38 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • You saw that Law and Order, right?
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:55 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Hooray for privitization! Let's do more!


    More of an example of bureaucratic Corruption...  A crook is a crook....  If he didn't do it for the 'privatized', who is to say he wouldn't have taken bribes from families to NOT to imprison?...

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:00 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • This is old, right? is it just getting to trial?

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:20 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

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