October 21, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Three companies behind private juvenile detention and treatment facilities involved in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal have settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million. The scandal involved two former judges for the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, Mark Ciavarella Jr. and ...[read more]
May 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday upheld the conviction and 28-year sentence for former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. In February 2011 Ciavarella was convicted by a jury in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania of ...[read more]
January 31, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Wednesday that sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional. Judge John Corbett O'Meara found that last year's Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which held that mandatory life ...[read more]
December 16, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Friday approved a settlement of almost $18 million in a lawsuit brought by juveniles who were allegedly wrongfully incarcerated by two judges. The county judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, were accused of taking ...[read more]
April 9, 2012
by Stephen Zumbrun
JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Szanyi, staff attorney at the Center for Children's Law and Policy, says that the Supreme Court should follow prior precedent and ban the sentence of life without parole for juvenile homicide offenders...This past month, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in ...[read more]
September 25, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Former Pennsylvania Judge Michael Conahan, 59, was sentenced on Friday to 17 and a half years in federal prison for his involvement in a juvenile sentencing scandal. Conahan appeared in a federal courtroom at the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and apologized to the ...[read more]
August 11, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
A Pennsylvania judge was sentenced Wednesday to 28 years in prison for his participation in a juvenile sentencing scandal. Mark Ciavarella Jr., a former judge in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, was accused of receiving nearly $1 million in kickbacks for sentencing teenagers ...[read more]
February 19, 2011
by Megan McKee
A jury in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania reached a split decision on Friday in the corruption trial of former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella, convicting him of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy, and acquitting him of 27 counts, ...[read more]
February 7, 2011
by Megan McKee
Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Monday began selecting the jury in the corruption trial of former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella for his role in a juvenile sentencing scandal. Ciavarella, a former judge in Pennsylvania's ...[read more]
November 18, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Michigan government officials, claiming that the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. The nine plaintiffs are adults who were sentenced to ...[read more]

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