15
Feb
11

i ♥ pa

Okay, so I lie. Today’s is a bogus title. I really don’t “heart” Pennsylvania at all—I feel quite the opposite, in fact.

Revelations in the current federal racketeering trial regarding the actions of the two “Kids for Cash” judges—former Luzerne County PA Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan—are showing that these two scumbags were the originators of a plan to fill up two private juvenile prisons with thousands of kids who did not need to be incarcerated, and extorted up to $3 million in kickbacks from the owner and the builder of the two youth facilities.

Prosecutors say the judges shut down the dilapidated county-run juvenile detention center in 2002, made various rulings that paved the way for construction of two new private youth facilities, and then worked to ensure admissions remained high so that the owners of the facilities could pay them the kickbacks they demanded. Ciavarella, who presided over juvenile court, stocked the private jail with young offenders whose crimes were often minor. Many of the kids had never been in trouble before, and some were locked up even after probation officers recommended against it.

One 10-year-old child was sent to lock-up for 2½ weeks for accidentally setting trash on fire while playing with a lighter.

A 13-year-old boy was detained for almost two months for throwing a piece of steak at his mother’s boyfriend at a meal.

Another 13-year-old boy went to jail for three months for pushing his mother during an argument about homework.

A 15-year-old girl was sent to a detention center for making a MySpace page where she talked about her school principal.

The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court has thrown out thousands of juvenile convictions issued by Ciavarella, saying he disregarded the constitutional rights of the defendants. Ciavarella has denied any link between the payments he received and the youths he sent to the facility, but testimony in his trial is showing otherwise.

Last week attorney Robert Powell, who co-owned the PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care centers with Robert Mericle, the contractor who built the facilities, provided damaging testimony over four days of testimony.

Last year former judge Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and awaits sentencing. Ciavarella is on trial for a 39-count indictment that charges him with racketeering, honest services fraud, money laundering, bribery, extortion, wire fraud and tax evasion.

What would be appropriate punishment for these evil men who put their personal enrichment above the welfare of children? I’d love to see them both end up in a hell-hole prison where they will suffer the same abuses some of the kids they wrongfully sentenced undoubtedly suffered.

In their cases, being raped and beaten by guards and inmates would be poetic justice.

۞

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6 Responses to “i ♥ pa”


  1. 1 Dana Hoffman
    February 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    What would be appropriate punishment for these evil men who put their personal enrichment above the welfare of children? I’d love to see them both end up in a hell-hole prison where they will suffer the same abuses some of the kids they wrongfully sentenced undoubtedly suffered.

    In their cases, being raped and beaten by guards and inmates would be poetic justice.

    I couldnt have said that any better myself if I tried Dan……………..Thank You!

  2. 4 kitty
    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Pennsylvania is also where Kurt Danysh has had to remain locked up even though there is proof that the crime he committed at 18 years old was due to his intoxication by doctor prescribed medication. I do not know how any State in this Nation can get away with so much blatant disregard for the rights of its’ citizens. We must do all we can to keep all of the cases of, especially juvenile, injustices that we can out in the open. I thank you, Mr. Daily, for such an informative blog.

  3. 5 Jeanne
    February 17, 2011 at 2:26 am

    These people that committed this fraud have fully developed brains. They took an oath, the public put their trust in them, and they were in authority of our children. They knew the law and defiantly ignored it. Their age, their education, their titles, their years in office, is clear proof that they were well aware of the consequences of their actions. These were not children or teenagers still learning, hormonal, and unaware of the law and what happens to children in Pennsylvania who break the law.

    These men showed no remorse after sending child after child to this detention center. They are the true definition of “adults”. Yet, likely if they do end up with a prison sentence, it will be in a upscale prison where no violence, rape, or abuse will take place. They can pay their fines with their tax-free money they laundered in their homes. Yet Pennsylvania finds it right to place children in adult prisons, where they stand a huge risk of such abuses that it is hard to even fathom. How does this happen? Why do we let it happen? Why does this option exist at all?

    More than likely these children and their families were not well-off and were dependent upon the assistance of public defenders who often have high case loads. They likely did not know anyone in any position to “help” them out. These children will be scarred for life, all because they were disadvantaged. What a great lesson to teach a young person about justice. Would these judges have placed a friend’s child in a detention center for the same crime? Likely they would not.

    When you have a person in authority break the law for the sake of personal, financial gain, you have an infiltrate into continued abuse by people in authority. Justice becomes a price.

    It is no wonder Pennsylvania holds the most juvenile lifers. Look at the people working behind the scenes. All tax-free!

    • 6 Anonymous
      February 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Convicted Judge Proclaims Victory, Turns His Back on Mom Blaming Him for Her Son’s Suicide

      http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/convicted_judge_proclaims_victory_turns_his_back_on_mom_blaming_him/

      Convicted on only 12 of the 39 federal criminal counts he faced, a former Pennsylvania judge and his lawyers stepped outside a Scranton courthouse on Friday and proclaimed victory in the “kids for cash” case because he hadn’t been convicted of bribery.

      “He never took a kickback,” attorney Al Flora told the crowd.

      At that point, a woman who says she is the mother of one of the teenagers Mark Ciavarella Jr. is alleged to have sentenced to juvenile detention on flimsy grounds, lost it, the Associated Press reports…


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