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Why would a judge get a "FINDERS FEE"?

SCRANTON, Pa. – An attorney for a former Pennsylvania judge charged in a $2.8 million kickback scheme says his client took legal "finder's fees" from a developer but wasn't party to a side deal involving another ex-judge.

Defense attorney Al Flora did not contest allegations that former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella (shiv-uh-REL'-uh) filed false tax returns related to the fees. But Flora insisted the jurist had nothing to do with a scheme involving payments from the facilities' co-owner disguised as rent on a Florida condo.

Prosecutors say Ciavarella and former county President Judge Michael Conahan received payments from the builder and co-owner of two juvenile detention facilities in a "kids for cash" scheme that prompted the state Supreme Court to throw out thousands of convictions.

Conahan has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:25 PM on Feb. 16, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (2)
  • Because he is unethical?

    Answer by tasches at 2:48 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • It shouldn't be legal...


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:58 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

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