Convicted Pa. Judge Liable In 'Kids For Cash' Class Action

Law360, Philadelphia (January 10, 2014, 5:06 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal court ruled Thursday that a convicted state judge could not be protected by judicial immunity in a class action suit brought by a group of juveniles who allege they were sentenced to terms in private youth detention centers as part of a kickback scheme.

The court found that a series of actions taken by Judge Mark Ciavarella, who was convicted for accepting upwards of $2.7 million in kickbacks from backers of private juvenile detention facilities, could not be subject to immunity because they...
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