Lawyers want three "kids for cash" convictions tossed

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 10, 2013 12:42 PM

(Scranton) -- Lawyers for a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge want three of his convictions tossed in the "kids for cash" scandal involving for-profit juvenile detention facilities.

Attorneys for ex-Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. want a federal appeals court to toss three convictions, including racketeering. They say jurors were never told the counts involved a statute of limitations.

In a filing earlier today, attorney William Ruzzo said the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Ciavarella's appeal in May without addressing the statute of limitations issue.

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.

Both are serving lengthy prison sentences.

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