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Federal court won't reconsider "Kids for Cash" conviction

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 25, 2013 10:25 AM
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(Scranton) -- A federal appeals court says it won't reconsider a decision upholding a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge's conviction and 28-year prison sentence in a "kids for cash" scandal involving for-profit juvenile detention facilities.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in May that former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. received a "fair and impartial" trial despite his claims to the contrary. The cour yesterdayt said it would not reconsider that decision.

Ciavarella's attorneys had asked the court to reconsider the ruling.

A jury convicted Ciavarella on 12 of 27 counts, including racketeering and conspiracy, for pocketing a portion of more than $2.8 million in kickbacks. His former colleague Michael T. Conahan pleaded guilty in July 2010 to a racketeering charge.

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