Two disgraced former Luzerne County, Pa., judges have asked that a federal judge reconsider his decision to reject their plea agreements. Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella Jr. are petitioning Judge Edwin M. Kosik to reinstate their agreed-upon sentence of 87 months in prison because neither could be found at fault for his post-plea hearing actions. The ex-judges argue that neither attempted to "obstruct and impede justice" or contradict the government's evidence in public comments, as Kosik had written.
Former Pa. Judges Ask for Reconsideration of Rejected Pleas
The Legal Intelligencer
August 21, 2009