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Judge convicted of taking $1M bribe in Pa. 'kids for cash' scandal to face sentencing
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) ' A former Pennsylvania judge convicted in one of the biggest courtroom scandals in U.S. history will be sentenced this week.
Mark Ciavarella (shiv-uh-REL'-uh) Jr. could face more than a decade in prison when he's sentenced in Scranton on Thursday.
The denouement of the "kids for cash" case comes more than two-and-a-half years after Ciavarella and a second Luzerne County judge were charged with orchestrating a scheme to enrich themselves by stocking for-profit detention centers with young offenders.
A jury convicted Ciavarella in February of taking a $997,600 kickback from the builder of the detention centers. The other judge pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
Ciavarella still denies incarcerating youths for money. But one of the kids who appeared in his courtroom says Ciavarella deserves a lengthy prison term.