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More Privatization Corruption

Posted on the 23 September 2011 by Mikeb302000
This is pretty bad as far as doing evil things to get a dirty dollar, sending kids to jail for money.  However long these jerks get behind bars, I can only wish them even longer burning in hell when that time comes.
Beyond that, I hope every one of these kids sent to jail by this bad judge sues the bastard so that he ends up penniless as well. 
From the AP by way of

Ex-judge gets 17 years in 'kids for cash' scandal

'I am sorry you were victimized,' he tells children he sent to detention centers

By More Privatization Corruption updated 9/23/2011 12:16:29 PM ET SCRANTON, Pa. — A former county president judge who took part in a massive kickback scheme involving for-profit juvenile detention centers was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison. Standing in a federal courtroom in Scranton, former Luzerne County Judge Michael Conahan, 59, apologized to the incarcerated youths, the legal community and the public.
"The system is not corrupt," he said. "I was corrupt."
To the children sent to a pair of facilities from which he received kickbacks, Conahan offered a direct apology.
"My actions undermined your faith in the system and contributed to the difficulty in your lives," he said. "I am sorry you were victimized."
Conahan pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy last year. He and former Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. were charged with taking bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers and extorting cash from the facilities' co-owner.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned about 4,000 juvenile convictions in the wake of the so-called "kids for cash" scandal.
Ciavarella was convicted of some of the charges at trial. He was sentenced last month to 28 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Houser acknowledged that, unlike Ciavarella, Conahan had cooperated with prosecutors. But he requested a substantial sentence anyway.
"Mr. Conahan abused his power to enriched himself and his friend, Mark Ciavarella," Houser said. "The justice system in Pennsylvania was shaken to its very foundation."
U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik recommended Conahan be placed in a federal prison camp in Florida so he can be close to his family.

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