Judge Pleads Guilty to Jailing Kids for Kickbacks

This is what can happen when you let the private sector take over everything.

[quote]At worst, Hillary Transue thought she might get a stern lecture when she appeared before a judge for building a spoof MySpace page mocking the assistant principal at her high school in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She was a stellar student who had never been in trouble, and the page stated clearly at the bottom that it was just a joke.

Prosecutors say Judges Michael T. Conahan, and Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., above, took kickbacks to send teenagers to detention centers.

Instead, the judge sentenced her to three months at a juvenile detention center on a charge of harassment.

She was handcuffed and taken away as her stunned parents stood by.

“I felt like I had been thrown into some surreal sort of nightmare,” said Hillary, 17, who was sentenced in 2007. “All I wanted to know was how this could be fair and why the judge would do such a thing.”

The answers became a bit clearer on Thursday as the judge, Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., and a colleague, Michael T. Conahan, appeared in federal court in Scranton, Pa., to plead guilty to wire fraud and income tax fraud for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers run by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western PA Child Care.[/quote]
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That’s horrible but what does it have to do with free markets? A judge taking a kickback is a horrible thing, but that doesn’t have anything to do with free markets.

The better question is whether or not in PA they allow judges to run for office like normal politicians. Also if people have been contributing to their reelection campaigns for favors. There is a case in West Virginia over that.

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It’s not about the free-market; it’s about the privatisation of prisons, detention facilities, justice, vested interests, greed, and shit-head, degraded fucks who have authority and power.