Editorial: Judges Sentenced | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/28/2009

The setting is Pennsylvania coal country, but it’s a story right out of Dickens’; grim 19th-century landscape: Two of Luzerne County’s most senior judges on Monday were accused of sending children to jail in return for kickbacks.

The judges, Luzerne County President Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., 58, and his predecessor, Senior Judge Michael T. Conahan, 56, will serve seven years in jail under a plea agreement.

They’re alleged to have pocketed $2.6 million in payments from juvenile detention center operators.

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