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Juvenile cases dismissed in corruption scandal

October 30, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed thousands of juvenile convictions issued by a judge charged in a corruption scandal, saying that none of the young offenders got a fair hearing.

The high court threw out more than five years' worth of juvenile cases heard by disgraced former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is charged with accepting millions of dollars in kickbacks to send youths to private detention centers.

The Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, which represents some of the youths, said the court's order covered as many as 6,500 cases. The court barred possibility of retrial in most of them.

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