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Friday, October 16, 2009

One Big Corrupt Problem: Unchecked Power of Supervisory Judges

"Kids for Cash" Court Scandal in Pennsylvania highlights New York's Corruptive Influence over Court Cases. CLICK HERE TO SEE NEW YORK'S ADMINISTRATIVE DISASTER - JUDGE FRANCIS A. NICOLAI - "The Sordid Nicolai History"

Judge: County jurists might have too much power
The Associated Press by MARK SCOLFORO - October 15, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A judge leading efforts to rebuild the system of juvenile justice in Luzerne County in the wake of the "kids for cash" corruption scandal said Wednesday that the state courts may be giving county supervisory judges too much unchecked power. Luzerne County President Judge Chester Muroski told the first public hearing of the 11-member Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice that he hopes state rules will be changed to give all judges in a given county more input into decisions. Muroski's two predecessors as his county's top judge, Mark Ciavarella Jr. and Michael Conahan, are facing federal charges that accuse them of taking kickbacks to place juvenile defendants in private youth detention centers. The commission was established by the Legislature, governor and state Supreme Court in August to examine the causes of the Luzerne County juvenile court scandal and to recommend changes to prevent it from recurring. "Simply put, it is my opinion that the absolute authority of the president judge over court affairs, and the abuse of power regarding same, coupled with the improper conduct of another judge, have been the principal causes of the scandal," Muroski said. President judges are elected by their fellow judges to serve as the top administrative officials for their counties' court systems.

"What happens now, it's all based upon who's running the show," Muroski said. Many of the actions Ciavarella and Conahan are alleged to have taken so they could profit personally occurred while each was serving as president judge, prosecutors have said. Ciavarella and Conahan held very few meetings of the county judges as a group and their decisions about where and how to place juveniles went unchecked by state and county officials. There were enough rumors swirling around the courthouse, however, that Muroski contacted the FBI in 2006 with his concerns. Muroski said there was wide support within his community, particularly among school officials and police officers, for Ciavarella's efforts to crack down on juvenile offenders. He said a 2004 series in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader about Ciavarella's sentencing patterns was a rare example of questions being raised about those practices before the judges were indicted in January, but that it "did not have legs" and Ciavarella won a retention election the next year. "The sound that resonated loudly from Ciavarella's courtroom was his no-nonsense, zero-tolerance approach, particularly in school cases," Muroski said. The commission also heard testimony Wednesday from House Majority Leader Todd Eachus, D-Luzerne, and state Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, as well as experts in juvenile criminal procedure and attorney ethics. Superior Court Judge John M. Cleland, who chairs the commission, said it was self-evident that Luzerne's president judges exercised their authority improperly. "Whether that exists in other counties is something we're going to have to look at," Cleland said. The commission plans hearings in Luzerne County next month and must issue a report with recommendations by the end of May.

45 comments:

one of nicolai's many, many victims said...

The big joke is that OCA made it look like Nicolai was stepping down when, in fact, they moved him over to another supervisory position. Pfau and Lippman lost ALL credibility with that birdbrain move. And why does Nicolai still get a driver to move his fat rump all around town like he's some person deserving of respect. Nicolai belongs in jail.

Anonymous said...

The 8th judicial district did the same thing with the very controversial and corrupt Sharon Townsend...they moved her main job to the center of the state...training other judges relative to the family court system...bless those who have to learn from this crook....but kept her status as judge in the 8th.

Townsend also had a driver for several years... as she may have started the trend since she knew she screwed people that had long time integrity with the system...by terminating their job with fake misconduct documents and perjury....which should eventually secure her job loss, knowing that employment was the only source of their income, then viciously destroying their reputation and demanding that all court employees cease contact with said employee.

Her reign as queen of the district was shaky with most of the insiders, so by stepping down she attempted to avoid the continuous disgust of her in that position....so to give her credibility OCA sent her packing to the middle of the state to the judicial college, while keeping her position as a supreme court judge here....while assigning her as the sole individual capable of training future judicial family court judges in the methods she has employed for years as an undesirable lawyer as well as judge and administrator/supervisor.

So..yes Lippman and Phau are using the switch and bail method, while claiming to cleanup their filthy house. So don't be surprised that they continue this process and offer vehicles for their co-operation.

Anonymous said...

Townsend was probably told to step down, could she have gone to jail,
yep, and rumor has it, Maziarz was at the root of her deceit.......
hey gov't guys, your witness is a crook, cheat, liar and thief.....
he will use any officer, lawyer or judge for his vendettas
His vendettas make no sense, he is insane!

Anonymous said...

I hope Townsend turns them in!

Anonymous said...

they are Indians following the chief, you can not persecute all the Indians, you have to nail the chief!

Anonymous said...

where are our Senators stopping this spending for drivers, vehicles , phones, tons a vacation time, part time days......
you follow the chief, we give you perks
paid by the taxpayers!

Anonymous said...

that is the way it is done,
those that get caught or are corrupt get moved laterally, it happens everywhere, you can not just fire them, they may turn you in!

Anonymous said...

hey gov't guys, why do lawyers make a nasty noise if Maziarz name is mentioned.........
and that is your witness!

hey gov't guys, why were there 3-4 houses harboring prostitues in Maziarz's Niagara County
hey gov't guys, why are the decent citizens not allowed to file complaints against the Sheriff's in Maziarzs Niagara County...
hey gov't guys, why is the NCIDS used for free money for his friends and or clients

you have a great witness,
hope you discredit the ilk!

Anonymous said...

it is Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, sorry typo!

court insider said...

Sen. Maziarz is the fixer/bagman. Look at his beaming face at the Lippman anointing, you can see he's already counting his cash. The disease of corruption has been spread all over NYS and it must be purged from all systems.

Anonymous said...

one case alone coming out of the Columbia County Family Court in the Hudson Valley region close to Albany has had 2 sons "locked" in the State Foster Care system for 9 years while being administered harmful anti-psychotics like Risperdal which has been shown to cause severe growth defects ( large breasts in boys ) and be related to premature deaths in teens. the drugs have been administered against the consent and will of the parent while Original Records to THIS DAY have been COVERED UP in the State system and where the current Chief Attorney of the Third Department Appellate Division "Standards Committee" has whitewashed complaints including one against a lawyer who took $10,000 ( ten - thousand ) in the case from the elderly parents of the father promising a Trial for the father that would never occur. the lawyer has never provided an Accounting of how the $10,000 was used and the "trial" never occurred and the Chief "Standards" lawyer has whitewashed the complaint seeking an accounting and more where BASIC Documents have been DELIBERATELY kept out of the proceedings including an Expert Psychological Report from Oct 2000 claiming the Family should begin Reuniting back then or face permanent psychological harm and more. This one case alone now touches the County Judge in Columbia County, the Supervising Matrimonial and Family Court Judge of the Third Dept named Gerard Maney who has committed direct fraud and more in the case and the fraud has been covered up thus far by the Third Dept Appellate Division itself that has literally "fabricated" claims in the phony decisions rendered thus far. Time to let the Hounds do their job!!

Anonymous said...

2 sons "locked" in the State Foster Care system for 9 years while being administered harmful anti-psychotics like Risperd

that is sad!

Anonymous said...

Sen. Maziarz is the fixer/bagman. Look at his beaming face at the Lippman....

maybe the lawyers & Townsend will turn him in!
that would be justice!

hey AG, why are you whore coating with Golisano, Maziarzs friend, only being used for his money

Anonymous said...

The commission was established by the Legislature, governor and state Supreme Court in August

where is our commission?

Anonymous said...

Sen. Maziarz is the fixer/bagman. Look at his beaming face at the Lippman anointing

that is why Maziarz does not like those who actually produce jobs,
he can not control them
he has nothing on them
he wants to give out the jobs & money so that the low lifes he breeds vote him in again....
all paid by the taxpayer
of course!

Anonymous said...

Maybe if you reconfigure his head and face...he would develop some common sense.....that face and head are that of a defective birth.
What the heck is his neck supporting....family guy is supposed to be a cartoon, but this man has their look locked.

Anonymous said...

that man will never have common sense, he was born and bred in a bed of incest, orgies, drunks, uneducated users...
so their mentality is what he likes, he understands, makes him feel more important..
that is why he has no problem lying and using lawyers, judges & public officials!

Anonymous said...

Nicolai will go down as one of the most corrupt judges in our time. Nice job, Frank.

Anonymous said...

they do not care who they harm,
they have their pay, their pensions, their healthcare.......
so they can target whomever they want but they forgot one thing,
they are harming more than just their targets......
and for that, may the favor be returned...........

Anonymous said...

family guy joker,

you are funny!

Anonymous said...

The commission was established by the Legislature, governor and state Supreme Court in August to examine the causes

if the judges know, why haven't they commissioned a commission for NYS ...anyone notice it does not say AG?

it takes the abuse of children to bring this issue to light!

Anonymous said...

Superior Court Judge John M. Cleland, who chairs the commission, said it was self-evident that Luzerne's president judges exercised their authority improperly. "Whether that exists in other counties is something we're going to have to look at,"


is that supposed to be funny...
everyone knows it exists......

disgusted said...

Judges have declared themselves the new rulers. The lawyers have created a perfect system for themselves and we are all paying for it one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

An INDEPENDENT entity (Non-Attorneys) should regulate Attorneys, Judges and Courts. Exhibit 1 is the NYS Judiciary that is on life support due to the corruption that has crippled it.

Anonymous said...

hey gov't guys, ask Senator Maziarz if he is aware of a er nurse at ecmc committing felonies and how does he know her? how many of his friends know her?

that is our NYS Judiciary,
Senator George Maziarz!

Anonymous said...

hey gov't guys, ask Maziarz what is the pre-requisite for the Distinguished Citizen Award, is it when your family members commit felonies?

Anonymous said...

hey gov't guys, ask Maziarz what a
"special coordinator of energy" who is disabled does for 20,000, Zito, Cohen's client, and what about those reports to Townsends firm for 35,000 in April 06...
is that true, or is it rumor?

Anonymous said...

hey gov't guys, ask Maziarz what qualifies and individual for tax credits and "pilot" credit incentives through the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency..do you have to be his friends, Budwey, Grear?

Anonymous said...

Is that why Budwey's store products are so cheap...and he doesn't care if it smells for that price...can't get pass that odor to buy my groceries....what is he killing in the back?

Townsend's husband is a crook to..used to talk to him a lot in the early 80's when he was a new face...she never knew that or did she...and that is her vendetta. Diva's hate competition that happens behind their backs and learn of it later...many years later.
Very cute and very tall man....can't understand her antics with others! Can't really understand the men that are interested in her..or maybe I do, but find it gross....Maziarz is one of them...football head?

What is up at ECMC...know some Drs. there...those hospital soaps....they are not juicier than what I saw at the courthouse for years....sex in the stairways ,offices, handicap bathrooms(the space is larger) and the judges' chambers and court benches...be careful not to touch a judge's bench..... this is better than the courthouses....really? Give it up..ok?

Anonymous said...

well I continue to hear it all...

Did you know that when a Judge breaks the rules... it's the litigants fault... irrespective of the fact that the litigant was represented by a self dealing attorney who refused to represent the clients interests....

So long as you have a conspiring attorney, who allows the Judge to break the rules, you waived your right to due process... regardless of the fact that the rules were not subject to a waiver in the first place....

A beautiful scam... if one were to believe it....

Anonymous said...

too bad a Judge may not participate in or induce a waiver of his recusal

Anonymous said...

Townsends antics & jealousy sound like what I have been experiencing from a few nurses, the one at ECMC, "friend" of Budwey, Maziarz's best friend, participating in the buy one get one free sales, if you know what I mean
I hear she passes around false medical information also to target some,
long history of mental problems and rape, so now she harms others
is the way it appears......

sick what some females do because they have serious mental issues and insecurities.......
and they should go to jail!

Anonymous said...

Maziarz is only interested to use Townsend, that is what he does,
no loyalties only control and anyway he can get it

So long as you have a conspiring attorney, who allows the Judge to break the rules, you waived your right to due process... regardless of the fact that the rules were not subject to a waiver in the first place....

A beautiful scam... if one were to believe it....

oh, so true, true , true

Anonymous said...

so the statement
what do you gotta do to get a head around here is true in the Judiciary.........

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Maziarz is trying to warm up to Feroletto......
do you think it will work?
NOT!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Maziarz is trying to warm up to Feroletto......
do you think it will work?
NOT!

Anonymous said...

some nurses become nurses because they are trying to "Heal..."

Anonymous said...

Judges are getting away with murder everyday - stop in the name of the law!

Anonymous said...

that is exactly what they are doing when they violate someone's rights and the lawyers should stop it, they just participate afraid they themselves will deal with repercussions.........
so an independent non attorney is needed, required!
one who can fine or disbar all of them, then their game is hindered!

there is no crueler tyranny than that which is held under the cover of law and with the colors of justice!

Anonymous said...

just sleep with Maziarzs friends,
if you don't
you do not get due process

he spews lies about you all over town with the help of his prostitutes so you can not get justice..................

he does many favors for those who perform, even felonies.....

Anonymous said...

hey gov't guys, my Senator Maziarz has not replied to my invite to the Judicial Hearings,
I ask that you request my presence and tell him to bring friends and cuffs, for the reunion!

Anonymous said...

ER Nurses can call for all Psych records and if they can not find yours, they can pass a false one around, as long as they are protected by your Senator & friends.....
thanks for letting me know I was in the psych ward and have a somatic disorder and hear voices, I didn't know! nice to know you just delete my real medical record for your psychiatric entertainment
and to violate my rights!

Anonymous said...

hey gov't guys, ask Maziarz what happened to those charges his nephew had, something about smuggling over the border at his Bridge Commission job, where did his charges go?
why didn't the US Attorney file those charges?

Anonymous said...

why would a judge break the rules unless he was told to....
then you set up the attorney
and the jury

and then you threaten the witness,
the victim

that is called falsely and selectively trying to prosecute and it is not the first time!


bite Maziarz you lying sack of scum!

Anonymous said...

it is bite me Maziarz you lying sack of scum!

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