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   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.....


Originally posted to laserttheliquidator on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM PDT.

Also republished by WeeklyBUG and Progressive Hippie.



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  •  I discontinued the weekday paper and I no longer (5+ / 0-)

    watch the local news. Thanks for posting this. I'm in PA-17 so I had followed this when it first broke. 28 years - couldn't happen do a nicer POS.

    Visit The Inoculation Project and support science and math projects in red state classrooms!

    by nervousnellie on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 12:29:20 PM PDT

  •  Tipped and recommended (4+ / 0-)

    But it's Luzerne County, not Lucerne. Please fix. Thanks for the diary. This bastard had it coming.

    "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

    by Ivan on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 12:29:35 PM PDT

  •  justice = prison for life (3+ / 0-)
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    any kid spending even just 1 year in the prison system is going to be affected in some way

    There were multiple kids victimized by this douche so he should spend his entire life in jail.  

  •  Excellent post! (3+ / 0-)
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    laserhaas, Amber6541, Cartoon Peril

    and very detailed too.  Thank you for all the time you put into this diary.

    I hope he serves the entire time!

  •  Too little. Hard labor plus 50 yrs (3+ / 0-)
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    would be my vote.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 01:50:48 PM PDT

  •  This is such an important story that has barely (2+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril, Tinfoil Hat

    covered, even in the blogs (although DemocracyNow has done some good pieces on it). And not a whiff of a mention in the msm.

    When I posted it on my FB wall yesterday, I got several people saying it's just the tip of the iceberg with references to their states. Sadly, that is so true.

    This is why we should NOT have a private prison industry!

  •  And here's a partial transcript. Not drawing (2+ / 0-)
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    room fashion at all.  At all. (This from the outside of the courthouse after the verdict last February):

    Defense attorney:  [Blather, blather, drivel, bullshit, blarney blather … this was NOT a “cash for kids” case and ...]

    Mother: It wasn't?  My kid's not here any more.  My kid's not here.  He's DEAD because of HIM.  











    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 05:18:48 PM PDT

  •  "Citizens' Voice" Newspaper Coverage Is Great (0+ / 0-)

    Now Luzerne County "judge" Michael T. Conahan will face US District "court-MDPa "judge" 86 year old Republican "Law & Order" casefixer Edwin Kosik for his sentencing on the racketeering charge guilty plea.

    Ciavarella may get a new trail on appeal because that senile idiot Kosik displayed his bias and partiality first by leading the federal prosecutor to object ("judge" Kosik -- "Did I hear an objection?"  US Atty Zubrod -- "Objection, your Honor!"  "judge" Kosik -- "Sustained."  Defense Counsel Al Flores -- "I request a mistrial."  Kosik -- "Denied.") and then by sending out letters openly informing people of his prejudice against the defendants.

    That arrogant Luzerne County casefixing "judge" Michael T. Conahan should have taken the 87 month plea deal to wire and tax fraud like the one offered to Luzerne County President casefixing "judge" Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr.
    Conahan faces upo to 20 years for the racketeering charge and deserves every day of it.

    Just about the entire Luzerne County courthouse is in federal prison because everyone was in on the racket.

    The Pa. "judicial" Conduct Board and their self-policing bullshit failed miserably again like it did in the Cambria County "judge" Joseph O'Kicki scandal when they called themselves the Judicial Inquiry & Review Board -- self-policing by the shysterhood is a fraud.


    Lycoming County (Williamsport -- the home of Little League Baseball) courthouse crooks/legal Mafia is the Republican "law & order" version of Luzerne County (READ 635 A2d 186-191 WITH 566 A2d 252-252; 631 A2d 213*;  ALSO SEE 632 A2d 928-930, 643 A2d 704; 668 A2d 1191 WITH Lyco. Co # 89-01504 12-10-91 Court-Appointed Deliberate Legal Malpractice Jury Conviction, for starters).
    They stole and destroyed court files/public records to prevent me from getting any more reversals and remands for new trials in my cases when I fired all of my worthless, sell-out court-appointed malpracticing shysters.

    Former Lyco. Co. D.A. Brett O. Feese is scheduled to go on trial in Harrisburg on 58 counts of misappropriating $10,000,000.00 and lying to investigators and a statewide investigative grand jury about it.
    (His Democratic counterpart Mr. Veon got 4-10 years for 1 count of misappropriating only $2,000,000.00.)

    **Feese prosecuted me for a fairy tale that wasn't even allowed by law into court.  His solution was to send "a contingent of state police observers" to the 2-20-86 preliminary hearing to subvert the Constitutional Rule of Law, beat up my public defender, and steal the tape recording I made of the preliminary hearing, and had the crooked ex-state cop-turned-magistrate double my posted bail without cause so I was stuck in prison pre-trial.
    (SEE p.15, Friday 2-21-86 Williamsport Sun-Gazette. "Edgy Police Rush to Seize Innocewnt Paper Bag").
    The matter lasted 10 yrs., 7 months, 1 day and went through the entire state court system 3 times.


    Feese's successor Tom "Mafia" Marino resigned his George W. Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney-MDPa position rather than take the hot seat in front of a specially-impanelled federal investigative grand jury and answer tough questions about his close personal and financial ties with his best friend forever and main political benefactor Louis DeNaples who he was supposed to be investigating for organized crime connections and Kids for Cash connections.  (Marino is now our Republican teabagger Congeressman.).

    2 Lycoming County Drug Task Force detectives who worked under Feese and Marino were convicted of stealing and then perjuring themselves to a statewide investigative grand jury about it.
    Chief detective Tom Ungard invoked the Stupidity Defense at his trial testifying that he now believes his actions were stupid but not illegal.
    Sentencing is pending.

    Our local magistrate, Charles Roger McRae, is a convicted wife beater and a deadbeat daddy who was protected by the corrupt Republican "law & order" hypocrite casefixing "judge" Clinton W. Smith.

    A former county prosecutor who was Brett Feese opponenet for district attorney and  former president"judge" Kenneth Brown's top assistant, did county work release time for cocaine.
    (Brown suddenly resigned mid-term for "reasons of political expediency" not too long ago along with "judge" Willaim Keiser.)

    (The cops were always allowed by Lycoming County "judges" to perjure themselves under oath in county kangaroo kourt with total impunity, but they learned that they run the risk of trouble if they do it outside of the protection of the casefixing whores in Williamsport.)

    The privatized Lycoming County Assessment Office (aka Century 21 Appraisals of Middletown, Pa) rigged the 2004 "Fair Market Value" Property Reassessment for the rich and politically privileged by being sneaky and assessing land parcels on a PER LOT Basis rather than on a Per Acre Basis thereby making the LARGEST, Most Exclusive, Wealthiest residential land parcels in Vallamont and Grampian Hills where the "judges", county commissioners, business and industry leaders/corproate executives, politicians, and benefactors live in expensive mansions the LEAST Valuable for Taxation Purposes and the SMALLEST, high-Crime, Blighted Ghetto and Flood Zone residential land parcels the MOST Valuable for Taxation Purposes -- Classic Republican Politics of pushing tax burden away from the rich and onto the poor.
    (I have the county assessment records proving it -- it's 3rd grade arithmetic -- and I'd like to post them on the internet because the state and federal authorities are covering it up since their buddies on the bench and other lawyers benefitted financially.  Anyone willing to help me?).

    (The 2 recently deceased, corrupt, senile, mentally ill, Republican "law & order" hypocrite US District-MDPA Williamsport  kangaroo kourt "judges" James F. McClure (in his 80s) and Malcolm Muir (in his 90s) protected all of this corruption for decades.).



    Thanks, Laserhaas, for keeping the world up to date on the  Luzerne County courthose crooks.

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