Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Luzerne County Update: Ex-Judges Ciavarella and Conahan Withdraw Guilty Pleas

According to an August 25, 2009 front page article in the Scranton Times (www.scrantontimes.com), on Monday, August 24, 2009, Judge Edwin Kosik of the Federal Middle District Court of Pennsylvania formally rejected the requests of Mark A. Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan for a reconsideration of the Court's prior rejection of the plea agreements entered into by the ex-judges back in January of 2009 that called for a sentence that included 87 months in prison.

As permitted, the ex-judges followed the Court's decision by choosing to withdraw their guilty pleas. The case is now back to square one and it remains to be seen whether plea negotiations will be re-instituted or the cases proceed to trial.

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