Ciavarella Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison

Former Judge Was One of the Key Figures In the Luzerne Co. Courthouse Scandal

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Before a packed courtroom that spilled into a second room where a crowd watched on monitors, former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced to 336 months — 28 years — in federal prison.

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  • Craig Surrick

    Pennsylvanians need to be more proactive and educate themsleves. The "worst judicial scandal in state history" is the simple lack of policing of the judiciary. The system is broken and has been for the last 30 years. One of two things needs to happen. Either conduct a Federal Grand Jury Investigation into the ineffectiveness of the Judicial Conduct Board (current policing) or eliminate it and replace it with the former Crime Commission which we had in the 80's. This commission was successful in rooting out corruption. Why don't we still have it? Because it was getting too close to powerful (corrupt) officials and there is nothing a criminal hates more than exposure. And it is no coincidence that some of the people responsible for eliminating the commission have been or are currently in prison for corruption.

  • Larry Hohol

    For over 20 years I have been screaming from the rooftops about the corruption at the Luzerne County Courthouse. I even wrote a book about it. The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board is totally to blame for how bad things have gotten. The Chairman of this Board was business partners with Judge Conahan who is Ciavarella's co-conspirator. The JCB had almost 40 complaints concerning these two judges prior to their arrests. At least one of those complaints had great detail about the "Kids for Cash" scandal but the JCB tabled this complaint and offer no less than 5 different (false) reasons as to why it did not act. Is the JCB now being investigated? Heck no. The Former Chairman got s promotion. Attorneys, this is your nest that has been fouled. Someone, anyone out there have the guts to demand it be cleaned up. Sign Me: Larry Hohol-Author

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