Friday, August 12, 2011

A Judge Gets What He Deserves for Selling Kids for Cash

A former juvenile court judge in Luzerne County, PA got 28 years for sentencing kids to a for-profit juvenile detention center from which he personally profited.  I was sick when I read about some of the lives this greedy judge, the now disbarred Mark Ciavarella Jr., attempted to ruin in an effort to line his pockets and help out his cronies.  The sentence may be the longest ever given in a U.S. political corruption case.

When adults in a position of power poison the lives of the young people entrusted to their authority, whether those adults be priests or judges,  justice must be served.  And if it's not served in this life,  it's going to be served in the next.  To borrow a line from Hollywood,  the latter option will take place in an un-air conditioned room with no doors or windows, not counting days and weeks or even months or years, but millenniums.  A sentence of 28 years is bargain by comparison!

There are nearly 30 other officials charged in this scandal.  Prosecutors have made an example of Ciavarella that others contemplating similar corruption would do well to observe.

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