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Corrupt judges sentence kids for cash! The explanation, prosecutors say, was corruption on the bench. $2.6 million in payoffs.
Pa. youths jailed for cash?
2 judges accused of scam to profit from sentencing
By Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire Dale
Associated Press / February 12, 2009
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – For years, the juvenile court system in Wilkes-Barre operated like a conveyor belt: Youngsters were brought before judges without a lawyer, given hearings that lasted only a minute or two, and then sent off to juvenile prison for months for minor offenses.
The explanation, prosecutors say, was corruption on the bench.
In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers….
Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a sister company, Western PA Child Care LLC….(Full Story)
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