Judge Sentenced to 28 years in prison for “kids for cash” scheme

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A longtime northeastern Pennsylvania judge was ordered to spend nearly three decades in prison for his role in a massive juvenile justice bribery scandal that prompted the state’s high court to toss thousands of convictions.  Former judge Mark Ciavarella, center, leaves the federal courthouse in 2009 in Scranton, Pa. He surrendered Thursday after being sentenced to 28 years. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in federal prison for taking $1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as “kids for cash.”* This was a gross abuse of power. Young people were being sentenced to longer sentences so that the judge could make more money. This was a gross abuse of power and 28 years is a small price to pay for the thousands of lives that he ruined. Since these were young people who had committed crimes some people look at them as throwaways and for that reason the judge and his cronies probably believed no one really cared so it is doubly gratifying to see the judge have to pay for his crimes with a stiff sentence.


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  • Mo Rage  On August 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    This is the same scumbag judge who was covered in Michael Moore’s movie “Capitalism: A Love Story”.

    What he did to those kids–some as young as 10–is unconscionable and all for money.

    If I didn’t believe in capital punishment, I’d say he should fry.

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