Friday, September 11, 2009

New Indictment//New Court Date for Former Luzerne County Judges Ciavarella and Conahan

On Wednesday, September 9, 2009, a new indictment was handed down by a grand jury in Harrisburg against former Luzerne County Judges Mark A. Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan. The indictment essentially contains the same allegations lodged against the former judges in the original indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in January of this year. However, the judges now face 48 charges instead of two, and if convicted on all counts, they could spend decades in prison, instead of the 87 months that had been negotiated in the original plea deal that was rejected by Federal Middle District Judge Edwin Kosik.

Former Luzerne County judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan are scheduled to be arraigned on charges contained in the indictment at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2009 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Blewitt at the Federal Courthouse in Scranton. Judge Blewitt will make a determination as whether the Defendants can remain free pending trial.

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