February 18, 2011
Kids for Cash

If there were a God in heaven, this man-shaped piece of shit would be locked up for life in the same juvenile prison he sent his victims to. But then if there was a God in heaven, He would never have created a Judge Ciavarella in the first place.

Ciavarella, who presided over juvenile court, sent youths to PA Child Care and later to its sister facility in western Pennsylvania while he was taking payments from Robert Mericle, a prominent builder and close friend of Ciavarella, and Robert Powell, a high-powered attorney who co-owned the youth lockups.

The judge, known for his harsh and autocratic courtroom demeanor, filled the beds of the private lockups with children as young as 10. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed thousands of juvenile convictions issued by Ciavarella, saying he ran his courtroom with “complete disregard for the constitutional rights of the juveniles,” including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea.

His rough treatment of youths — whom he often had handcuffed and shackled — did not figure into his corruption trial, which focused on the payments from Mericle and Powell. But prosecutor Gordon Zubrod told jurors in his closing argument that Luzerne County’s juveniles were indeed victimized by Ciavarella — that he had used them as “pawns in a scheme to enrich himself.”

Ciavarella had leverage over Powell because Powell needed the judge to send youths to his heavily mortgaged detention centers, Zubrod said.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 18, 2011 04:28 PM
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Why aren't all of the private prisons being investigated for the same thing?

This is not an outlier, this is how the private prisons work. Who is protecting them besides Jan Brewer in Arizona? How many corrupt judges are ruining lives for their personal profit.

I would doubt very seriously if any private prison could be audited and scrutinized for illegal dealings and come out clean.

Texas releases a man from prison that spent 18 years for a crime that every sane individual agreed he had not committed. Compensation? Oh, they can't pay compensation because the order releasing him from jail didn't say that he was innocent, so no compensation.

Filth to the right of me, filth to the left of me, here I am stuck in middle.

Posted by: evil is evil on February 19, 2011 2:25 PM
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