Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Kids For Cash Part 1 and Part 2
I ran across this recently and felt I should post it as I know someone who is in a custody battle with state goons at this moment.
Luzerne County sits in the heart of northeastern Pennsylvania; Wilkes-Barre is the county seat, a hardscrabble, blue-collar city struggling in this latest recession.
People there were shocked in January when federal prosecutors announced that respected county judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan had pleaded guilty to tax evasion and honest services fraud, the result of a lengthy investigation by the Internal Revenue Service (((IRS FORM 3949A http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f3949a.pdf ))) and the FBI. Yesterday the Pa. State Supreme Court overturned hundreds of convictions of low-level offenders, ruling that all juveniles who had appeared in Ciavarella's courtroom without lawyers between 2003 and 2008 had not been adequately informed when they waived their right to counsel.
Read more here