Episode 09: The Leak
March 31, 2018
Bonus: The Homemaker
April 27, 2018
SEASON 01 // EPISODE 10
THE JUDGES

The Largest Judicial Corruption Scandal in American History

Two Luzerne County judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, are accused of accepting over $2 million in kickbacks in exchange for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers.

Prelude: Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak is involved in a pay-to-play corruption scandal.


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Performed by Ethan Helfrich (Rest You Sleeping Giant)


SOURCES

https://anthraciteunite.com/2017/02/27/the-culture-of-corruption/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-10747919
http://citizensvoice.com/timeline-of-corruption-1.1100929
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http://citizensvoice.com/news/judge-rules-in-ciavarella-s-favor-in-kids-for-cash-appeal-1.2288319
http://citizensvoice.com/news/ciavarella-s-trial-lawyers-admit-failing-to-address-potential-key-issue-1.2242912
http://citizensvoice.com/news/hearing-scheduled-in-ciavarella-appeal-1.2223652
http://citizensvoice.com/news/attorneys-of-imprisoned-kids-for-cash-judge-admit-failing-to-address-possible-key-issue-1.2242700
http://citizensvoice.com/news/prosecutors-mull-all-options-in-ciavarella-case-1.2288744
http://citizensvoice.com/news/kids-for-cash-teen-puts-life-back-together-1.2156743
http://citizensvoice.com/news/victims-families-ready-for-ciavarella-hearing-1.2238190
http://citizensvoice.com/news/father-of-suicidal-man-in-kids-for-cash-case-i-basically-framed-him-1.1109065
http://citizensvoice.com/news/trial-update-ciavarella-wanted-to-avoid-scrutiny-and-publicity-1.1105217
http://citizensvoice.com/ciavarella-sentenced-to-28-years-in-prison-1.1187339
http://citizensvoice.com/news/fall-of-the-citizens-judge-1.1107679
http://citizensvoice.com/news/powell-says-judges-relentlessly-pursued-him-1.1103478
http://citizensvoice.com/news/feds-set-to-appeal-ciavarella-reversal-1.2311700
http://citizensvoice.com/news/ex-judge-ciavarella-s-wife-files-for-divorce-1.1494568
http://citizensvoice.com/news/ciavarella-s-final-days-of-freedom-1.1187683
http://citizensvoice.com/news/state-agency-drops-challenge-to-ciavarella-pension-1.1155333
http://citizensvoice.com/ciavarella-admits-tax-fraud-conspiracy-1.1105241
http://citizensvoice.com/news/trial-update-powell-s-testimony-to-continue-thursday-1.1102364
http://citizensvoice.com/news/ciavarella-guilty-of-racketeering-1.1107236
http://citizensvoice.com/news/ciavarella-awaits-structured-life-in-illinois-prison-1.1202759
http://citizensvoice.com/news/those-sentenced-by-ciavarella-wait-outside-court-1.1101478
http://citizensvoice.com/mericle-backers-were-guaranteed-contract-to-house-juveniles-in-2001-1.1102385
http://citizensvoice.com/news/trial-update-witness-saw-powell-give-cash-filled-envelopes-to-state-official-1.1104753
http://citizensvoice.com/news/ciavarella-still-waiting-for-verdict-1.1106730
http://citizensvoice.com/news/shakedowns-and-coverups-1.1102691
http://citizensvoice.com/news/pension-forfeitures-by-local-officials-1.1802954
http://citizensvoice.com/news/much-has-changed-in-juvenile-court-since-the-kids-for-cash-scandal-1.1785207
http://citizensvoice.com/news/filing-mericle-s-generosity-exceeded-finder-s-fee-1.1099790
http://citizensvoice.com/news/trial-update-no-verdict-jury-heads-home-for-day-1.1105815
http://citizensvoice.com/news/new-trial-in-ciavarella-s-3-5m-verdict-against-voice-1.393035
http://citizensvoice.com/news/trial-update-mericle-testifies-briefly-1.1101633
http://citizensvoice.com/news/ciavarella-conahan-withdraw-guilty-pleas-1.208291
http://citizensvoice.com/news/infamous-kids-for-cash-condo-sold-for-550k-1.1332672
http://citizensvoice.com/news/kids-for-cash-judge-s-prison-term-stands-1.1495253
http://citizensvoice.com/news/juveniles-families-struggle-to-make-sense-of-scandal-1.818186
http://citizensvoice.com/news/judgment-against-conahan-ciavarella-dismissed-1.1767649
http://citizensvoice.com/news/disgraced-judge-s-daughter-resigns-from-da-s-office-1.188816
http://citizensvoice.com/mericle-pleads-guilty-in-kids-for-cash-scandal-1.223293
http://citizensvoice.com/judge-recommends-3-5-m-defamation-verdict-be-vacated-1.166703
http://citizensvoice.com/news/prosecution-done-defense-takes-over-1.1105029
http://citizensvoice.com/news/ciavarella-timeline-1.1644412
http://citizensvoice.com/news/trial-update-day-4-of-trial-over-moran-to-continue-testimony-friday-1.1102891
http://citizensvoice.com/news/mericle-released-from-federal-prison-1.1873593
http://citizensvoice.com/conahan-ciavarella-plead-not-guilty-to-new-charges-1.256962
http://citizensvoice.com/news/parents-of-jailed-juveniles-call-28-years-full-justice-1.1187656
http://citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-s-other-disgraced-judge-a-study-in-contrasts-1.1205381
http://citizensvoice.com/inside-the-courtroom-witnesses-and-other-key-players-1.1100928
http://citizensvoice.com/arts-living/new-book-reveals-history-behind-kids-for-cash-scheme-1.1397168
http://citizensvoice.com/news/prosecutors-probe-began-with-mobster-1.1107517
http://citizensvoice.com/boss-conahan-sentenced-to-17-years-1.1207996
http://citizensvoice.com/prosecution-judges-turned-courthouse-into-cash-cow-1.1101701
http://citizensvoice.com/news/mericle-field-irks-kids-for-cash-parents-1.1556017
http://citizensvoice.com/news/defense-ciavarella-never-took-bribe-extorted-powell-1.1102109
http://citizensvoice.com/news/defense-witness-powell-gave-lawmaker-cash-1.1105084
http://citizensvoice.com/news/a-mellow-conahan-during-sentencing-1.1208259
http://citizensvoice.com/news/early-accusations-against-kids-for-cash-judges-ignored-1.593154
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https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB123854010220075533


Two Luzerne County judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, are accused of accepting over $2 million in kickbacks in exchange for imposing harsh sentences on juveniles to increase occupancy at for-profit detention centers.