Justices Snub 'Kids For Cash' Judge's Conviction Appeal

Law360, Philadelphia (March 3, 2014, 2:51 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday shot down an appeal sought by a Pennsylvania state judge challenging his conviction and subsequent 28-year prison sentence for accepting kickbacks in exchange for support of two juvenile detention centers in a scandal dubbed "kids for cash."

The order ends the appeals process for Mark Ciavarella Jr., a former Luzerne County judge, following his February 2011 conviction in a $2.8 million kickback scheme in which he agreed to help build and operate two new juvenile detention centers and to sentence...
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