October 21, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Three companies behind private juvenile detention and treatment facilities involved in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal have settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million. The scandal involved two former judges for the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, Mark Ciavarella Jr. and ...[read more]
May 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday upheld the conviction and 28-year sentence for former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. In February 2011 Ciavarella was convicted by a jury in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania of ...[read more]
December 16, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Friday approved a settlement of almost $18 million in a lawsuit brought by juveniles who were allegedly wrongfully incarcerated by two judges. The county judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, were accused of taking ...[read more]
August 11, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
A Pennsylvania judge was sentenced Wednesday to 28 years in prison for his participation in a juvenile sentencing scandal. Mark Ciavarella Jr., a former judge in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, was accused of receiving nearly $1 million in kickbacks for sentencing teenagers ...[read more]
February 19, 2011
by Megan McKee
A jury in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania reached a split decision on Friday in the corruption trial of former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella, convicting him of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy, and acquitting him of 27 counts, ...[read more]
February 7, 2011
by Megan McKee
Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Monday began selecting the jury in the corruption trial of former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella for his role in a juvenile sentencing scandal. Ciavarella, a former judge in Pennsylvania's ...[read more]
October 29, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 29, 2009, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania overturned thousands of juvenile-offender convictions issued by a judge indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged kickback scheme. The order voids about 6,500 convictions handed down by former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas ...[read more]
September 9, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 9, 2009, two former Pennsylvania judges were indicted by a federal grand jury on 48 counts in connection with alleged illegal actions to benefit private juvenile detention facilities. The charges against Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella, Jr. include racketeering, fraud, extortion ...[read more]
January 26, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
Luzerne County District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll agreed on Monday to drop efforts to retry 46 juveniles whose original convictions were overturned because they had been issued by a judge indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged kickback scheme. In October, the Supreme Court ...[read more]
November 23, 2009
by Matt Glenn
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania dismissed five civil suits Friday against two Luzerne County, PA judges accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for sentencing juveniles to private detention facilities. Judge Richard Caputo ruled that Michael Conahan and ...[read more]

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