The children whose lives were ruined in the “kids-for-cash” scheme may never see a penny of the money but this case will hopefully send a powerful message to other authority figures who are still engaged in activities such as “child protective services” and the foster home system that is known for multiple forms of abuse.
It’s heartbreaking to witness children and parents in court, powerless at the hands of judges who reap rewards for their decisions that rip families apart. Surely the same money spent on foster homes and court cases would could be put to better use by educating parents how to be good parents and to build better families. Communication is the common missing ingredient in many family problems, as is the economic climate of the country. But the family system is one of the targets of those who wish to rule the world, and so it continues to be assaulted from a variety of angles.
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Two former Pennsylvania judges who ran a scheme to send children to for-profit prisons for kickbacks have been ordered to pay more than $US200 million to their victims in one of the worst judicial scandals in US history.
US District Judge Christopher Conner awarded $US106 million in compensatory damages and $US100 million in punitive damages to nearly 300 people in a long-running civil suit against the judges, writing that the plaintiffs were “the tragic human casualties of a scandal of epic proportions”.
In what became known as the kids-for-cash scandal, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan shut down a county-run juvenile detention centre and accepted $US2.8 million in illegal payments from the builder and co-owner of two for-profit lock-ups…
Shackled with no chance for defence
Ciavarella ordered children as young as eight to detention, many of them first-time offenders deemed delinquent for petty theft, jaywalking, truancy, smoking on school grounds and other minor infractions.
The judge often ordered young people he found delinquent to be immediately shackled, handcuffed and taken away without giving them a chance to put up a defence or even say goodbye to their families…
Ciavarella, 72, is serving a 28-year prison sentence in Kentucky.
‘Cavelier and boorish in the courtroom’
Last year, Judge Connor heard often-emotional testimony from 282 people who appeared in Luzerne County juvenile court between 2003 and 2008 — 79 of whom were under 13 when Ciavarella sent them to juvenile detention — and 32 parents.
“They recounted his harsh and arbitrary nature, his disdain for due process, his extraordinary abruptness, and his cavalier and boorish behaviour in the courtroom,” Judge Conner wrote…
More at ‘Kids-for-cash’ scandal judges ordered to pay more than $288 million to nearly 300 victims – ABC News