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Reel Justice

March 28, 2009 permalink

The New York Times reports in depth on the Pennsylvania judges who jailed kids for cash. In an audio sidebar a victim's mother wanted to speak in support of the accused but the judge would not let her speak, and now-disgraced judge Mark A Ciavarella lectured in high schools on the importance of staying out of trouble with the law. The judges used their courts to suppress a critical auditor's report, and used their proceeds to buy a 56-foot yacht named Reel Justice. All appeals to higher courts court on behalf of the aggrieved children failed — the scandal broke because the judges failed to cut the IRS in on the take.

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