Pa. judge guilty of racketeering in kickback case

FILE -- In this Thursday Feb. 12, 2009 file photo Mark Ciavarella, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Scranton, Pa. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out more than five years' worth of cases heard by former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella. He is charged with accepting millions of dollars in kickbacks to send youths to private detention centers. (AP Photo/David Kidwell, File)

February 19, 2011 4:20:56 AM PST
A former juvenile court judge defiantly insisted he never accepted money for sending large numbers of children to detention centers even after he was convicted of racketeering for taking a $1 million kickback from the builder of the for-profit lockups.

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