Ciavarella Seeking New Trial in "Kids-for-Cash" Scandal

Layers of judicial reflection stacked like Descartes’ wax on the bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday.

The court was faced with an odd situation, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell noted, saying it’s “judges judging judges who are judging judges.”

Former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. is arguing that his convictions related to the bribes he took to place youthful offenders in a privately-owned juvenile detention center in the “kids-for-cash” scandal should be set aside because U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, who presided over his trial, had shown bias against him.

Ciavarella focused primarily on Kosik’s responses to letters from citizens expressing outrage at the allegations and a newspaper article that attributed derisive quotes about Ciavarella’s alleged conduct to Kosik. Kosik denied talking to the reporter, according to court papers.

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Ciavarella Seeks New Trial in “Kids-for-Cash” Scandal

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5 Responses to “Ciavarella Seeking New Trial in "Kids-for-Cash" Scandal”

  1. Betty Says:

    He makes me sick.

  2. Steve Says:

    He's really running up the taxpayer's bill, isn't he?

  3. Thelma Says:

    Biased? The judge has a right to be mad as hell, for bringing shame to the induxtry.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. is a real piece of work isn't he? What is he talking about? He needs to do the time for his crimes and the time isn't nearly enough – he needs to go to a state prison where he will be a target for retaliation it's about time to treat these scum bags appropriately he causes do much grief and harm now he is yanking our chain – firm up crook and take it like a grown up and stop the baby crying.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    gotta wonder how many of his victims thought he was biased and asked for his recusal, that he denied?

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