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Monday, June 15, 2009

Tembeckjian on Senate Video as Focus Turns to Corrupt 'Ethics' Panels

The New York State Courts have become the national focus of administrative court corruption just as the U.S. Courts have become a global joke in the wake of Pennsylvania judges admitting to taking kickbacks for sentencing children for money.   And it all comes down to failed, or corrupted, oversight. See Chief Counsel of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, Robert Tembeckjian, in his testimony before New York's Senate Judiciary Hearing on June 8, 2009. See, also, Chief Counsel of Manhattan's Corrupt attorney 'ethics' oversight committee, Alan Friedberg. CLICK HERE TO SEE Friedberg and Tembeckjian....

Corrupt judges taking kickbacks for long prison sentences

Reuters - U.S. judges admit to jailing children for money - May 19, 2009

Two judges pleaded guilty on Thursday to accepting more than $2.6 million from a private youth detention center in Pennsylvania in return for giving hundreds of youths and teenagers long sentences. Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of the Court of Common Pleas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, entered plea agreements in federal court in Scranton admitting that they took payoffs from PA Childcare and a sister company, Western PA Childcare, between 2003 and 2006. “Your statement that I have disgraced my judgeship is true,” Ciavarella wrote in a letter to the court. “My actions have destroyed everything I worked to accomplish and I have only myself to blame.” Conahan, who along with Ciavarella faces up to seven years in prison, did not make any comment on the case.

When someone is sent to a detention center, the company running the facility receives money from the county government to defray the cost of incarceration. So as more children were sentenced to the detention center, PA Childcare and Western PA Childcare received more money from the government, prosecutors said. Seven years seems too short for judges sent other people to prison in exchange for money, let alone for sending kids to prison. There was a similar case in the UK in March - Jailed for a MySpace parody, the student who exposed America’s cash for kids scandal: Hillary Transue was 14 when she carried out her prank. She built a hoax MySpace page in which she posed as the vice-principal of her school, poking fun at her strictness. At the bottom of the page she added a disclaimer just to make sure everyone knew it was a joke. “When you find this I hope you have a sense of humour,” she wrote.

Humour is not in abundance, it seems, in Luzerne County, northern Pennsylvania. In January 2007 Transue was charged with harassment. She was called before the juvenile court in Wilkes-Barre, an old coal town about 20 miles from her home. Less than a minute into the hearing the gavel came down. “Adjudicated delinquent!” the judge proclaimed, and sentenced her to three months in a juvenile detention centre. Hillary, who hadn’t even presented her side of the story, was handcuffed and led away. But her mother, Laurene, protested to the local law centre, setting in train a process that would uncover one of the most egregious violations of children’s rights in US legal history. Last month the judge involved, Mark Ciavarella, and the presiding judge of the juvenile court, Michael Conahan, pleaded guilty to having accepted $2.6m (£1.8m) from the co-owner and builder of a private detention centre where children aged from 10 to 17 were locked up.


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U.S. judges admit to jailing children for money
Reuters by Jon Hurdle - February 13, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Two judges pleaded guilty on Thursday to accepting more than $2.6 million from a private youth detention center in Pennsylvania in return for giving hundreds of youths and teenagers long sentences. Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of the Court of Common Pleas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, entered plea agreements in federal court in Scranton admitting that they took payoffs from PA Childcare and a sister company, Western PA Childcare, between 2003 and 2006.

"Your statement that I have disgraced my judgeship is true," Ciavarella wrote in a letter to the court. "My actions have destroyed everything I worked to accomplish and I have only myself to blame." Conahan, who along with Ciavarella faces up to seven years in prison, did not make any comment on the case. When someone is sent to a detention center, the company running the facility receives money from the county government to defray the cost of incarceration. So as more children were sentenced to the detention center, PA Childcare and Western PA Childcare received more money from the government, prosecutors said. Teenagers who came before Ciavarella in juvenile court often were sentenced to detention centers for minor offenses that would typically have been classified as misdemeanors, according to the Juvenile Law Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit group. One 17-year-old boy was sentenced to three months' detention for being in the company of another minor caught shoplifting. Others were given similar sentences for "simple assault" resulting from a schoolyard scuffle that would normally draw a warning, a spokeswoman for the Juvenile Law Center said.

The Constitution guarantees the right to legal representation in U.S. courts. But many of the juveniles appeared before Ciavarella without an attorney because they were told by the probation service that their minor offenses didn't require one. Marsha Levick, chief counsel for the Juvenile Law Center, estimated that of approximately 5,000 juveniles who came before Ciavarella from 2003 and 2006, between 1,000 and 2,000 received excessively harsh detention sentences. She said the center will sue the judges, PA Childcare and Western PA Childcare for financial compensation for their victims. "That judges would allow their greed to trump the rights of defendants is just obscene," Levick said. The judges attempted to hide their income from the scheme by creating false records and routing payments through intermediaries, prosecutors said. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court removed Ciavarella and Conahan from their duties after federal prosecutors filed charges on January 26. The court has also appointed a judge to review all the cases involved.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The PA courts may be denying legal representation to citizen defts...but OCA is denying and manipulating due prosess rights altogether! I have not only the facts to prove it..but the inside information and experience to proceed against it.

Anonymous said...

Judges will put anyone in jail for money, these are all profit center opportunities for them and side kicks. Also, they have to pay off the debt they took on to "purchase" their judgeship!

Manhattan attorney said...

I just saw part 1. Some big changes are in order. I know a lawyer who, for no reason, got beat up by the DDC. This is bad.

Victim of West. Surrogate Court said...

Saw the film and heard Pam Carvel talking about Judge Scarpino and what he did along with his lawyer friends. I thought that I was the only one to get screwed by Judge Scarpino and Jody Keltz. How many others are out there. This is the first place that I have found on the internet with regrd to the West. Co Surrogate's Court.

Anonymous said...

Jail these bums for LIFE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

When watching the film I must say the Tembeckjian looks like a slimy Mr. Rogers type. Where did they find this jerk? And we pay him?

Jail4Judges said...

If they jailed all the Judges who are involved in criminal doings the jails would be overflowing. Let's do it anyway.

Anonymous said...

The FBI should look at Tembeckjian and Friedbergs blackbury. During the hearing they were both sending a lot of texts. The same day of the hearings. The 2 senators that are going up on charges conviently jump ship and change partys. That stoped the senate hearings because they changed partys. Did the 2 senators trade in pollitical party for a lighter sentence when/if they go up on charges?

Anonymous said...

The cover-up cannot continue. Thelawyers are behind this and they should be barred from holding public due to conflicts.

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