Inaugural Arlen Specter Award Goes to Marsha Levick

, The Legal Intelligencer


The Juvenile Law Center's Marsha Levick, who was at the forefront of the fight to expose what eventually became known nationwide as the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" scandal, became the first lawyer to be honored with The Legal's Arlen Specter Award on Thursday night.

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  • lee wee collins

    "In April 2010, Conahan agreed to enter an open-ended plea agreement, in which he pled guilty to accepting more than $2.8 million in kickbacks, along with Ciavarella, from Robert K. Mericle, the builder, and Robert J. Powell, the former co-owner of PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care."

    forgive me for asking. did you know that greg zappela, the D.A.'s brother, was the other co-owner of pa child care? Stephen zapella said greg had done nothing wrong. uh oh, but, "A draft state audit found Western PA Child Care paid a half-million dollars in consulting fees to a company owned by Greg Zappala, but there was "no documentation of any services provided for these fees."

    "The audit also found the company paid $4,500 for a Florida fishing trip by Greg Zappala."

    if my business partner paid millions for anything out of business funds (in kickbacks), i for one, might wonder where those millions went. our millions, btw. tax payer money.

  • lee collins

    "On January 22, 2009, however, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Ciavarella and former Senior Judge Michael T. Conahan had conditionally agreed to plead guilty to honest service wire fraud charges.

    Less than two weeks later, on February 2, the Supreme Court issued a one-line order vacating its previous denial of the JLC's petition, pending further action by the court."

    now that's timing, folks

  • lee collins

    "Despite these statistics, the Supreme Court denied the petition January 8, 2009" to this day the supremes have never explained why they denied her petition, have they? and no one says a word

    "In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel
    To show that all's equal and that the courts are on the level
    And that the strings in the books ain't pulled and persuaded
    And that even the nobles get properly handled
    Once that the cops have chased after and caught 'em
    And that ladder of law has no top and no bottom
    Stared at the person who killed for no reason
    Who just happened to be feelin' that way without warnin'

    And he spoke through his cloak, most deep and distinguished

    And handed out strongly, for penalty and repentance
    William Zanzinger with a six-month sentence
    Ah, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
    Bury the rag deep in your face
    For now's the time for your tears." bobby dylan

  • lee collins

    let's do a study. let's compare the outcome various lawyers achieve with different judges to see if patterns emerge

  • blake edwards

    do shanin and tom r kline receive a specter award for co-chairing the federal judicial nominating commission from which they recommended judicial candidates to arlen?

    ""They fell prey to what I think we all recognize as probably the largest judicial scandal in the history of the American legal system." Marsha Levick

    you mean the largest scandal made public, right? legal, are you going to investigate instances of judicial impropriety? if not for the FBI, Luzerne would be ongoing, wouldn't you agree? thankfully, ms. levick's inquiries raised suspicions such that the FBI began their own probe. our dear conduct boards were a little too preoccupied to raise a finger.

    lawyers must report serious breaches of judicial misconduct. would you like a list of lawyers who are currently violating this particular rule?

    Maintaining The Integrity Of The Profession
    Rule 8.3 Reporting Professional Misconduct - Comment
    [1] Self-regulation of the legal profession requires that members of the profession initiate disciplinary investigation when they know of a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Lawyers have a similar obligation with respect to judicial misconduct. An apparently isolated violation may indicate a pattern of misconduct that only a disciplinary investigation can uncover. Reporting a violation is especially important where the victim is unlikely to discover the offense.

    remember, it is not the quantum of evidence that counts; it is the seriousness of the possible offense, and, it is an offense not to report a serious incident, is it not?

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