Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ciavarella Re-Indicted In Luzerne County Judicial Scandal Case

According to a September 29, 2010 article in the Legal Intelligencer by Leo Strupczewski entitled "Grand Jury Re-Indicts Ciavarella in Luzerne County Fraud Case," in response to the recent United States Supreme Court decision overruling the honest services fraud statute, a federal grand jury has handed down a superseding indictment against former Luzerne County Common Pleas Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr.

Under the new indictment and with the removal of the honest services charges and certain tax fraud charges, the number of charges against the former Luzerne County judge has been reduced from 48 to 39.

The new indictment still charges Ciavarella with fraud, racketeering, money laundering, and tax violations. The indictment further alleges that Ciavarella received "millions of dollars in illegal payments," along with fellow former Luzerne County Common Pleas Judge Michael T. Conahan.

The indictment seeks forfeiture of more than $2.8 million, which was allegedly the amount of money generated as a result of the judges' criminal activity.

On a related note, although he has previously pled guilty, former Judge Conahan has yet to have his sentencing date set.

Here's a link to a Times Leader article on this developing story:

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