Embattled former Luzerne County Common Pleas Judges Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. were arraigned in federal court Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to 48 counts, including racketeering and related charges.

The judges stood side by side, flanked by their attorneys and federal prosecutors, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Blewitt and listened with their heads bowed as all 48 counts were read aloud along with each one’s maximum penalty.

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