Posted Nov 09, 2009 07:46 pm CST
The law firm of Robert J. Powell has been dropped as a defendant in a federal tort claim brought over the so-called kids-for-cash case involving $770,000 in kickbacks admittedly paid by Powell to two former judges in Luzerne County, Pa.
In exchange, the two judges, Mark Ciavarella Jr. and Michael Conahan, allegedly jailed juveniles in a detention facility in which Powell then had an ownership interest. They and Powell, whose license to practice law has been suspended, continue to be individual defendants in the civil suit, reports the Citizens’ Voice.
Meanwhile, Powell has pleaded guilty in a related federal criminal case and Ciavarella and Conahan face federal racketeering charges.
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