The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has granted a county judge the authority to expunge the records of a "substantial number" of juveniles who appeared before former Luzerne County President Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. between 2003 and 2008. The government alleges that Ciavarella and fellow former Luzerne County President Judge Michael T. Conahan took more than $2.6 million in kickbacks from one of the owners and the builder of a juvenile detention center. Both former judges have agreed to serve 87 months in federal prison.
Juvenile Records to Be Expunged in Response to Judicial Kickback Case
The Legal Intelligencer
March 30, 2009