Note that the mopes have copped a plea and promised restitution.
What restitution is there for persons incarcerated for personal profit?
(They are since claiming the plea bargains are “conditional.” Apparently that means they reserve the right to renounce them if they decide they can get off in a trial. My intensive study of Law and Order reruns leads me to think that the prosecutors won’t think much of that.)
Two top Luzerne County (Pa.–ed) Court judges took kickbacks to place juvenile offenders in detention centers, even ordering some to be locked up against the recommendations of probation officers, federal authorities said yesterday.
President Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Judge Michael T. Conahan agreed to a plea deal that would send them to prison for seven years, according to an agreement filed in federal court Monday.
The judges allegedly concealed $2.6 million in payments from one of the owners of the centers and an unnamed person, authorities said. At the same time, the judges also worked to ensure that the facilities reaped millions of dollars in business by sending them a steady number of juveniles.
The judges also agreed to plead to tax fraud. Both have stepped down, have agreed to be disbarred and will pay restitution, according to prosecutors.