Convicted judge liable for 'kids for cash' damages

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 10, 2014 1:41 PM

(Wilkes-Barre) -- A federal judge says thousands of plaintiffs are entitled to damages from a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge convicted in a juvenile justice scandal.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. is serving 28 years in prison in connection with the ``kids for cash'' scandal.

Prosecutors say Ciavarella sent children to privately run detention facilities after he took illegal payments from the facilities' builder and co-owner.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo says the judge violated the children's right to a fair trial and is not entitled to judicial immunity. He says damages will be determined later.

The ruling was filed Thursday.

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