Things were different in the Luzerne County juvenile courtroom, and everyone knew it. Proceedings on average took less than two minutes. Detention center workers were told in advance how many juveniles to expect at the end of each day — even before hearings to determine their innocence or guilt. Lawyers told families not to bother hiring them. They would not be allowed to speak anyway.The NYT article has more details.
March 29, 2009
I can't think of anything much more unconscionable than a selling a kid to jail for kickback money. Then multiply that times 2,000 and you've got Judges Mark Ciaverella and Michael Conahan.