You may remember the case, of the 2 Pennsylvania judges who were sending children to prison needlessly - just to make a "kickback" profit. Well today, in one of those rarest of occassions, Justice was done after U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik rejected a pleas deal in January of 2009 of only 7 years - as former Justice Ciavarella was convicted on 12 of 39 counts and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Judge's attorney telling the local media that the judge was "exonerated" by the jury on 95% of the case. How one being convicted of 12 of 39 counts is only 5% must be some new form of legal math we are not aware of. Immediately after the conviction of what the prosecutors called "Kids for Cash" issues. The former President Judge of Luzerne County Court of Comon Pleas in Wilkes-Barre Pennslyvania, was convicted of mail fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and Racketeering.
YouTube Video of Judge, his lawyer and victim who lost her son
WARNING ----- WARNING ---- Explicit Vulgar language abounds
Fury of the scorned
What is amazing, is the remarks of the mother who lost her son and the "quote" that she cited of the judge as he would remark when sentencing the youths on infractions that many said were misdemeanors requiring probation or harsh words. Sandy lost her son when he committed suicide due to the "Cash for Kids" scandal. Her son was locked up when he was 17 for 6 months for being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
As a result of being classified as a criminal who was sentenced and enduring issues from the incarceration period, Sandy's son shot himself in the heart. When former Judge Ciavarella was senteced, Sandy went down to the courthouse to see Mark Ciavarella in handcuffs and learned he was being allowed to go home to be with his pregnant daughter. Anyone can then understand her anger as she quoted the former judge's words to her son;
"One needs to be held accountable for their actions"
Sandy was interviewed, subsequent to her confronting the judge by local news.
Obfuscation and Color of Law for "Good Ole Boys" networks
What is amazing, is how the corrupt Pennsylvania judges can be so full of manure. It is not just simply a case of you say [toe mate oh> and I say Obfuscate" (babble BS) - utilizing a crime that is a Civil Rights violation by "Color of Law". These haughty efforts to engage in manifest injustice by an Above the Law mentality are crimes that are seldom, if ever - punished.
Everyone knows what went on here. Former Justice Ciavarella does not deny that he made money from putting kids in jail. What he seeks to say, that he would never EVER allow those in his courts to say - is that it was Not "Cash for Kids" - that it really was only "x" minor infraction.
This is what makes Sandy and the other parents mad. Their tax paid public servant given an extreme level of trust, abused that trust - Seditiously - for Profit. This is why we have the "Color of Law" division of the Dept of Justice. To prosecute public servants, including law enforcement officers, prosecutors, security guards, Congressman, Senators, bad US Presidents and Judges. Because none of us, especially public servants esteemed - are supposed to be above the law.
As the FBI website states - who we need to keep in line for depriving us of our civil rights in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law;
Color of Law Abuses [are]
U.S. law enforcement officers and other officials like judges, prosecutors, and security guards have been given tremendous power by local, state, and federal government agencies—authority they must have to enforce the law and ensure justice in our country. These powers include the authority to detain and arrest suspects, to search and seize property, to bring criminal charges, to make rulings in court, and to use deadly force in certain situations.
Preventing abuse of this authority, however, is equally necessary to the health of our nation’s democracy. That’s why it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency
We have other recent examples of this in the Kelly Thomas case in Fullerton CA. There, 6 police officers brutally beat the homeless and mentally ill Kelly Thomas senselessly into a coma. Several days later, Kelly Thomas died from his injuries. In an endeavor to "pretend" that it was a "Lawful" action, the Police claimed they were called to arrest someone breaking into cars. Though Kelly Thomas was sitting quietly on a bus bench and did not run in fear until a bully cop threatened him, the 165 lb man was beat to death by one officer who bragged about it and 5 others who helped taze, kick and punch him over his cries of help "Dad, Dad, Dad ----". Without the due diligence of bloggers, the fact that Kelly's father was a former Sherrif and his Dad turning down $900,000 in hush monies - the Color of Law ruse would have succeeded.
Initially, even after the 2 Pennsylvania judges were caught, they spouted it was no big deal, everyone does it, that it was Not a "Cash for Kids" scheme. Though no one website that we have found, tells the entire story. Upon the Wikipedia website "Kids for Cash" - it denotes that Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell castigated Judges' Ciavarella and Conahan as he stated;
[They] "violated the rights of as many as 6000 young people by denying them basic rights to counsel and handing down outrageously excessive sentences. The lives of these young people and their families were changed forever".
Scheduled to meet a minimum of once per month, the commission was organized to investigate the actions of and damages caused by the two judges and review the state of the Luzerne County courts left in the wake of their tenures.
Kids for Cash - the Real Story
Though former Justice Ciavarella constantly states that it was NOT a Cash for Kids case, the fact of the matter is - many children were incarcerated in a matter of minutes on minor infractions - or cases where other manners of punishment would have saved the tax payers monies and get the kids back on track.
Many call this "the most egregious abuse of power" in the justice system. A researcher was able to prove that Judge Ciavarella and his fellow justice shut down a detention center. Then helped a friend build a $58 million facility, where the "For Profit" detention prison would get $300 per day, for each kid sentenced to the facility. Where the Judges then got a kickback.
High KUDOs to attorney Marcia Levic for pointing out the numbers
La Court-House Nostra
In plain and simply language, they sold Kids freedom for Cash.
1 girl incarcerated for a school fight of 30 seconds - no one hurt.
Another child who had an attorney and the judge said NO attorney allowed.
This kid was put in prison for throwing food in a family dinner.
Adjusting to life - once you are Illegally put in jail - is difficult for kids.
See the YouTube Story
Local Independent reporting done by Times Leader Video - gets other reactions.
One local says she thought the Judge would get away with it as usual
"Glad he did not"
Crowd applauds Prosecutors - who give statement
What you have here are Conflict of Interest crimes. What usually transpires by the "powers that be" - are Cover Ups. You or I make a false statement - it is Perjury. You or I engage in bribery and kickbacks - it is Fraud, Collusion and Conspiracy. If you or I sold our neighbors kids to jail and took the profit of "Reel Justice" yachts and Condos in Jupiter Florida - we would be lucky if we did not get Shot.
Judges and Prosecutors or Dept of Justice personnel violate the law, by a much more heinous and egregious act of betrayal of the public's trust -
It is merely a conflict of interest
Color of Law violation
We give thanks to attorney Marcia Levic for doing her Empirical Evidence" studay and the Federal District Court Judge Edwin Kosik for Rejecting the Plea deal - that would have hushed up the facts.
Thanks and heartfelt wishes to the many families and parents who endured and pushed for True Justice in this case. Stick with it and make sure the other corrupt schemers out there - simply do not adapt.
At the end of the day - We, the American People are the True Halls of Justice. It is up to us to make sure that our realms of justice maintain integrity.
If you will take notice at the Media Microphones in the video, you will not see CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN. Instead you wee WILK, Channel 72, Channel 16 and Channel 35. This is because we are failing to demand that our corporate MSM give us the Real stories.
If you do not care enough about your neighbor to help stop the corruption,
then why should expect your neighbor to give a dam about you?
28 years - Justice - let us hope that he at least serves the original 7.....