Vatic Note: This is very very encouraging. We needed some good news and this is doggone good news at this point in time. We are going to be doing some blogs taking a look at how we can take what they proposed to use against us and turn it around on them and if we all do it together, then it can be powerful. The video we put up about t he hippy songs also had video feed on thousands, upon thousands of people turning out for those rock festivals.
What if we came up with a strategy that, if used by those same numbers of attendees, could overturn in a short time, all the evil work that has been done??? Would you want to know about it and parttake in the exercise??? If you would, then watch for it, as its coming. I have to intersperse it with the work I must do to raise living expenses, so be patient. Its coming....
FINALLY! TWO Judges Sentenced To 28 Years For Selling ‘Kids For Cash’ To Prisons
Submitted by IWB, on August 28th, 2015
You Never hear of these stories: the corruption at the top being brought out into the LIGHT.(despite the OVER coverage of this claimed by defense attorneys)
The fact that someone would even PROPOSE this to a sitting judge
speaks volumes to the notion that this is NOT an isolated incident–more on that below:
Take encouragement–perhaps there WILL be a return to the Rule of Law—-soon.
Judge Sentenced To 28 Years For Selling ‘Kids For Cash’ To Prisons
The Associated Press says the following:
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed about 4,000 convictions issued by Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008, saying
he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles, including the
right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea.
Ciavarella, 61, was tried and convicted of racketeering charges
earlier this year. His attorneys had asked for a “reasonable” sentence
in court papers, saying, in effect, that he’s already been punished
“The media attention to this matter has exceeded coverage
given to many and almost all capital murders, and despite protestation,
he will forever be unjustly branded as the ‘Kids for Cash’ judge,” their
sentencing memo said.
The Times Leader reports that the court house in Scranton was
overflowing as over a dozen people who had been essentially “sold” to
prisons by the judge turned out to exchange horror stories.
“Mark Arthur Ciavarella, Jr. (born March 3, 1950) is a convicted felon
(Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate number 15008-067) and former President
Judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania who was involved, along with fellow judge Michael Conahan,
in the “Kids for cash” scandal in 2008.
In August 2011, Ciavarella was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for his involvement in the Kids for Cash scandal.”
Michael T. Conahan (born April 21, 1952) is a convicted felon and
former judge from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania who was involved in the
“Kids for cash” scandal in 2008 with fellow judge Mark Ciavarella.
As president judge, Conahan used his budgetary discretion to stop
funding the county public youth detention facility and agreed to send
teens instead to a new private facility. He is accused of agreeing to
generate at least $1.3 million per year in costs that could be billed to
taxpayers in exchange for kickbacks.
There is more: RICO charges coming……………
Two judges, President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Senior Judge Michael Conahan, were accused of accepting money from Robert Mericle,
builder of two private, for-profit youth centers for the detention of
juveniles, in return for contracting with the facilities and imposing
harsh adjudications on juveniles brought before their courts to increase
the number of residents in the centers.
For example, Ciavarella adjudicated children to extended stays in
youth centers for offenses as minimal as mocking a principal on Myspace,
trespassing in a vacant building, or shoplifting DVDs from Wal-mart.
Ciavarella and Conahan pled guilty on February 13, 2009, pursuant to a
plea agreement, to federal charges of honest services fraud and
conspiracy to defraud the United States (failing to report income to the
Internal Revenue Service, known as tax evasion) in connection with
receiving $2.6 million in payments from managers at PA Child Care in
Pittston Township and its sister company Western PA Child Care in Butler
The plea agreement was later voided by a federal
judge, who was dissatisfied with the post-plea conduct of the
defendants, and the two judges charged subsequently withdrew their
guilty pleas, raising the possibility of a criminal trial.
Now let’s read about the TWO CORPORATIONS involved with this that are…wait for it…………………
STILL IN OPERATION
Juvenile courts can make referrals to Mid-Atlantic Youth Services. If an adolescent in your care is in need of help, please contact Corey Shumaker at 814-221-5684 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL they did was change their incorporated name, and then get a slap
on the wrist–no one yet except the above have been held to accoount:
PA Child Care
PA Child Care (formerly Luzerne County Juvenile Center) offers
secure programs for males and females. This state-of-the-art facility is
located in Pittston Township, Luzerne County and is easily accessible
from Route 81.
And the second one…
Western PA Child Care, in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Treatment at both facilities is provided by Mid Atlantic Youth Services. Gregory Zappala took sole ownership of the company when he purchased co-owner Robert Powell’s share in June 2008.
NOW THE BOMBSHELL
WHO owns these facilities and WHY ARE THEY STILL OPERATING???????????????
Detention scheme was lucrative, harmful
Federal investigators said they sentenced children to juvenile
detention centers in which they had financial interests, and at times
did so against probation officers’ recommendations and without the
children having legal representation.
Dan Fee, a spokesman for Greg Zappala, said Mr. Zappala had no
knowledge of the payments to the judges. Mr. Zappala has not been
accused of any wrongdoing and is not a target of the investigation,
according to a source close to the federal probe.
Attorneys for Mr. Zappala’s former partner in the centers,
Hazleton attorney Robert Powell, have said Mr. Powell made payments to
the Luzerne judges. But they also called Mr. Powell a victim of
extortion, and said he ultimately reported the shakedown to authorities.
Also, the federal complaint against the judges describes an
unnamed contractor who built the centers as a second provider of alleged
kickbacks. Other court records, including documents in two civil
lawsuits filed Friday by families of some of the juveniles sentenced in
Luzerne County, identify that contractor as Robert Mericle of Mericle
Construction in Wilkes-Barre.
Western Pennsylvania Child Care and Pennsylvania Child Care in Pittston, Luzerne County, are owned
by Greg Zappala, brother of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen
A. Zappala Jr. and son of former state Supreme Court Chief Justice
Stephen A. Zappala Sr.
Why is this important NOW?
It happenned in 07 right?
Ciavarella was convicted in 2011 of racketeering and other charges,
and sentenced to 28 years in prison. Conahan, a friend of Powell’s who
oversaw the scam, pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to
more than 17 years behind bars. A fourth conspirator, developer Robert
Mericle, pleaded guilty for his part in the plot and was sentenced to a
year in prison.
The victims and their families have also won millions in judgments from Mericle and Powell’s companies.
All that’s left to adjudicate now are two additional class-action
claims against Ciavarella and Conahan, said Marsha Levick, deputy
director of Juvenile Law Center, the Philadelphia non-profit that
sparked the case when it began investigating questionable juvenile
lockups in Luzerne County in 2007.
Pennsylvania Seeks to Close Books on “Kids for Cash” Scandal–Aug 12 2015,
Levick said that there a measure of satisfaction among most of the 2,500 victims and their families
From the link:
“One of the biggest corruption scandals to hit America’s juvenile
justice system began unfolding in 2007, when parents in a central
Pennsylvania county began to complain that their children had been
tossed into for-profit youth centers without a lawyer to represent them.
Over the past eight years, the kickback scheme, known as “kids for
cash,” has resulted in prison terms for two Luzerne County judges and
two businessmen — and convictions of thousands of juveniles have been
Now the case is entering its final chapter: a few remaining class
action lawsuits in which victims are seeking millions of dollars in
One of those claims drew to a close Monday, when a federal judge
signed off on a settlement in which one of the businessmen, Robert
Powell, would pay $4.75 million. The actual payouts will begin in
December, after the plaintiffs choose whether to accept the settlement.
Powell, who co-owned two private juvenile justice facilities, served
an 18-month prison term after admitting to paying hundreds of thousands
of dollars in bribes to former Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark
Ciavarella Jr. and his boss, Judge Michael Conahan. In return,
Ciavarella routinely found children guilty and sent them to Powell’s
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