PA: “Kids for cash” judge sentenced to 28 years

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August 11, 2011
Christian Science Monitor    
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"A former juvenile court judge in Pennsylvania was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Thursday for his part in an alleged 'kids for cash' scam considered one of the worst judicial scandals in US history. ... The federal indictment says [judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan] accepted $2.8 million in kickbacks from the owner and builder of two privately-run juvenile detention facilities. In exchange, the judges agreed to close down the county’s own juvenile detention center, which would have competed with the new, privately-run facilities. In addition they guaranteed that juvenile offenders from their court would be directed to the privately-run facilities." (08/11/11)

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