A federal grand jury has handed down a 48-count indictment against two former Luzerne County, Pa., judges, alleging the men engaged in racketeering and related charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. The indictment comes about five weeks after a federal judge rejected the conditional plea agreements of Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella Jr. and two weeks after the men withdrew their conditional guilty pleas in the matter. Each charge is related to the judges' ties to two juvenile detention facilities.
Pa. Judges in Corruption Scandal Indicted for Racketeering
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2009