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Pro Se Ex-Judge Blames Jailed Ex-Colleague for 17.5-Year Prison Term in Kids-for-Cash Case

Posted Sep 20, 2012 5:42 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Convicted in the so-called kids-for-cash case and sentenced to a federal prison term of over 17 years for his role in a profitable Pennsylvania juvenile-detention scheme, a former president judge in Luzerne County is blaming a jailed ex-colleague on the bench for his hefty sentence.

In a pro se filing, Michael T. Conahan says he believes Senior U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik was biased against him because of aggravating remarks made by Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., another leading ex-Luzerne jurist, the Times-Tribune reports.

Ciavarella, who was given a 28-year term by Kozik, is also appealing his sentence.

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ABAJournal.com: "Reports: Convicted Judge Proclaims Victory, Turns His Back on Mom Blaming Him for Her Son’s Suicide"

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