The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 3, 2014

State Supreme Court Justices reject 'kids for cash’ appeal


Associated Press

— WILKES-BARRE — The Supreme Court says it won’t hear an appeal from a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge convicted in the “kids for cash” scandal.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. is serving a 28-year prison sentence after his 2011 conviction on federal corruption charges. Prosecutors say Ciavarella and a second judge took millions of dollars from the owner and build of two for-profit juvenile detention centers where he was sending thousands of young offenders.

A jury convicted Ciavarella on 12 of 27 counts, including racketeering and conspiracy. His former colleague Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge.

The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up Ciavarella’s appeal, meaning his conviction and sentence stands.