'Kids For Cash' Judge Loses Conviction Appeal In 3rd Circ.

Law360, New York (May 24, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT) -- One of two Pennsylvania judges found guilty in the state’s notorious “kids for cash” scandal failed to dodge 28 years in prison and nearly $1.2 million in restitution fees Friday as the Third Circuit affirmed his sentence and the bulk of his conviction.

The appeals court concluded that Mark Ciavarella Jr.'s sentence in a $2.8 million kickback scheme was not affected by its decision to vacate a mail fraud count against him as time-barred, as the count was grouped with six others for sentencing, which attracted...
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