Former Luzerne County Common Pleas Judge Michael T. Conahan agreed Thursday to plead guilty to accepting, along with another judge, more than $2.8 million from the builder and former co-owner of a private juvenile detention facility. The plea deal limits Conahan's exposure to one racketeering conspiracy charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sources have said Conahan essentially ran the county and was the epicenter of corruption in the courthouse.
Judge in Pa. 'Kids for Cash' Scandal to Plead Guilty to RICO Charge
The Legal Intelligencer
April 30, 2010