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US Supreme Court again rejects former judge's appeal

Published October 09. 2019 08:09AM

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has once again declined to take up the case of a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge convicted in what prosecutors said were juveniles wrongly sent to a detention center.

The denial Monday by the nation's highest court without explanation was the second for former Luzerne County judge Mark Ciavarella Jr., who has been serving a 28-year sentence at a federal prison in Kentucky.
Ciavarella, 69, was convicted in 2011 of accepting bribes in exchange for ordering kids to a for-profit detention center for a wide range of relatively minor infractions. Sentenced to 28 years, he has denied wrongdoing.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a charge of honest services mail fraud on the grounds that it was beyond the five-year statute of limitations, but upheld the other charges and the verdict. In 2014, the Supreme Court denied his first petition for review.
In 2018, a judge threw out racketeering and money laundering conspiracy charges. The 3rd U.S. Circuit upheld that ruling but denied Ciavarella's bid to add mail fraud convictions to the list of vacated charges.
The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reports that his petition to the Supreme Court argued that the appellate court tied the kickbacks to lengthy periods of detention even though he maintained that there was no evidence presented at trial to support that position. He also argued that a 2016 ruling by the high court on conduct outside official acts applied to his dealings with a developer and former township attorney that led to the construction of the detention centers, the paper reported.
Former county judge Michael Conahan, 67, pleaded guilty in 2010 to racketeering in the case and has been serving a 17½ sentence at a federal prison in Florida.

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Democrats seperate themselves and make their members who commit crimes answer for those crimes. When a Deviant Republican commits a crine the GOP and it's uneducated voters protect Deviance, thievery and deny, deny, deny! So sad to lead an existence that requires such a lack of morality.
Your point was very evident back when you all separated over Slick Willie's lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. That great moment of mentoring Bill gave to that young lady in the Blue dress? you remember right? The stain? Oval Office?
Come on Comrade, you look silly defending such folly.
How did Ted Kennedy ever pay for murdering Mary Jo Kopechne? How did Bill Clinton pay for the assault/rape of several women? How did Hillary Clinton pay for the crooked Clinton Global Initiative “fund for charity” or the illegal server w/30k emails destroyed under subpoena? Are these enough examples to prove Democrat morality?
I deleted my prior post. He is learning that every time he sleeps in that uncomfortable bed, the lesson he should have learned early in his Christian education. Money is the root of possibly (all) evil.
Edit to Mike below: So be it. I will leave the perfect Biblical quotes to you. Too many various Religious interpretations for that Book. Stoning of women to death from men's evil behavior (rape by a man) from that Era still goes on today. I don't need to follow passages written by men of that Era. 10 Commandments suits me fine.
Excuse me Saint C-G, but the Bible says... well actually, the First Epistle of Paul to Timothy, in the 6th Chapter, Paul warned us all...
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
Nothing wrong with money, just don't make it a god.
Satan is the root of evil here under the sun.
You are loved C-G
Last week at a UN meeting President Trump talked for the first time ever about the persecution of women around the world. He looked right in the eyes of countries that still mistreat women. He discussed the binding of women’s feet, genital mutilation, and other mistreatments that have been overlooked under the guise of culture until now. Perhaps, CG, you should look up that speech on YouTube. Apparently, you would rather hate than understand. If you really care about humanity you should remove the rose colored glasses.
Mr. Ciavarella apparently is not satisfied with a release date on which he will be about 85 years old, if he lives that long. Bummer dude. It's just the beginning of your sentence in the larger picture...

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