Ex-Judge Gets 28 Years For $3M 'Kids For Cash' Scheme

Law360, New York (August 11, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT) -- Former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison and about $1.2 million in restitution for his part in a $2.8 million bribery, kickback and extortion scheme to steer juvenile offenders from the public system to new private detention centers.

The former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judge was found guilty in February of taking a $1 million bribe from Mericle Construction Inc., which built the prisons at the center of the notorious “kids for cash” scheme.

Ciavarella's lawyers had...
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