Arguing that evidence submitted by the federal government was both time-barred and insufficient, former Luzerne County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. has petitioned a federal court judge to overturn his racketeering and honest services fraud convictions.

Ciavarella wrote that he should be acquitted of those major charges, which would leave him guilty of only tax fraud charges, or provided a new trial.

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