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