"Two judges pleaded guilty on Thursday to accepting more than $2.6 million from a private youth detention centre in Pennsylvania in return for giving hundreds of youths and teenagers long sentences.
Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of the Court of Common Pleas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, entered plea agreements in federal court in Scranton admitting that they took payoffs from PA Childcare and a sister company, Western PA Childcare, between 2003 and 2006.
When someone is sent to a detention centre, the company running the facility receives money from the county government to defray the cost of incarceration. So as more children were sentenced to the detention centre, PA Childcare and Western PA Childcare received more money from the government, prosecutors said.
Teenagers who came before Ciavarella in juvenile court often were sentenced to detention centres for minor offences that would typically have been classified as misdemeanours, according to the Juvenile Law Centre, a Philadelphia nonprofit group.
One 17-year-old boy was sentenced to three months' detention for being in the company of another minor caught shoplifting.
Others were given similar sentences for "simple assault" resulting from a schoolyard scuffle that would normally draw a warning, a spokeswoman for the Juvenile Law Centre said.
The Constitution guarantees the right to legal representation in U.S. courts. But many of the juveniles appeared before Ciavarella without an attorney because they were told by the probation service that their minor offences didn't require one.
Approximately 5,000 juveniles came before Ciavarella from 2003 and 2006, between 1,000 and 2,000 received excessively harsh detention sentences. She said the centre will sue the judges, PA Childcare and Western PA Childcare for financial compensation for their victims.
I find it interesting that the Judges were fucking people for bribe money from the detention center. NOW, the detention center is going to sue for compensation for the victims they were paying the judges to fuck? Have I got that right? Now since this is a local government post, I'm sure the local government is going to be the one getting sued. This means that Pennsylvania taxpayers are likely to foot the bill for Judge Fuckstick's fuckups. We fund the center, we fund the Judge, the Judge gets more funding from the center, and the center sues the judge for funding. Yup, that makes perfect fucking sense.
"That judges would allow their greed to trump the rights of defendants is just obscene," Levick said.
The judges attempted to hide their income from the scheme by creating false records and routing payments through intermediaries, prosecutors said.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court removed Ciavarella and Conahan from their duties after federal prosecutors filed charges on January 26. The court has also appointed a judge to review all the cases involved".
Money laundering is bad mmmm k. I propose the death sentence for these two judges. I'm pretty sure that they constantly attempt to "set examples" with the civilian population for doing shit wrong. I think an example needs to be made and that is, if you're in a position of power you will not fuck with other people's lives or we'll relieve you of yours. This sort of shit is unacceptable and happens far too often. Apparently simply losing their job isn't enough to deter them from being morons. You can't just throw a kid in juvy for several months for stealing a goddamn dvd. Juvy for fighting? Are you people kidding me?
Somebody who does this to somebody mentally on top of the potential other issues that could follow these kids, should pay dearly. I say this as an individual who hates kids! I despise the little bastards and want rid of all of them, but I like people who use their power to abuse and otherwise hurt others even more. This country is going to hell and it's not because of lax rules. Fucking nazis... "who can we screw and what does it pay?"
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