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Kids for Cash: An American Conspiracy

Bribing judges is nothing new, unfortunately, in justice systems all over the world. But here in the United States, we pride ourselves on bearing a higher standard.

Recent news is casting long shadows on some of the top leadership over at the Department of Justice (DOJ). How deep does judicial corruption go?


Ten years ago, the entire nation found out about an evil, covert conspiracy where juvenile delinquents – kids – were sentenced by two judges in cahoots with two private detention center owners. The judges got kickbacks from the businessmen for every underage inmate delivered.

All of this happened in broad daylight – in Pennsylvania. As covered by The Essence of Life:

“The bribery scandal made headlines when Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was alleged to have taken $1 million in bribes from juvenile detention centers to fill their cells with children who came before him in court.”

Mark Ciavarella, Jr.

The public first became aware of this story in 2007, after parents in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania began to complain that their children had been sent to private, for-profit “youth centers” with no legal representation. This is a patent denial of due process.

It turned out that not only President Judge Mark Ciavarella (a juvenile court judge from 1996 to 2008) and Senior Judge Michael Conahan (President Judge from 2003 to 2007), were convicted of accepting money from Robert Powell and Robert Mericle, who built two private, for-profit juvenile detention centers. In return, the judges made contracts with the facilities, and filled them up by imposing harsh sentences on juveniles brought before their courts.

It didn’t take much misbehaving for Judge Mark to send a kid for an extended stay in either PA Child Care in Pittston Township or its sister company Western PA Child Care in Butler County, the two private “correctional facilities.” The New York Post listed three actual cases which were profiled in a 2013 documentary movie titled “Kids for Cash:”

  • Hillary Transue, 14, created a fake, humorous Myspace page about her school’s vice principal.
  • Justin Bodnar, 12, cursed at another student’s mother.
  • Ed Kenzakoski, 17, did nothing at all.

Once the parents and offending offspring arrived in court, police persuaded – and, according to one parent, coerced – to waive their right to legal counsel. The trap was set. Once before Ciavarella, a judgment of guilty was followed by swift shackling – yes, you read that right – and sentenced to go live among other criminals in squalorous conditions.

PA Child Care Youth Detention Center

Not only did these “juvies” miss most or all of their high school experience and education, some of them learned how to be better criminals from their older and wise peers. One of them, Ed Kenzakiski, committed suicide after his release.


Citizens of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania were outraged – and rightly so. Thousands of families had been torn apart and lives ruined, by four greedy men.

NBC News brought some comfort to the nation with this announcement:

“Ciavarella was convicted in 2011 of racketeering and other charges, and sentenced to 28 years in prison. Conahan, a friend of Powell’s who oversaw the scam, pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to more than 17 years behind bars. A fourth conspirator, developer Robert Mericle, pleaded guilty for his part in the plot and was sentenced to a year in prison.”

Powell actually served 18 months in prison for his part in this wicked felony. He also paid out A federal judge approved a private family settlement wherein Powell paid $4.75 million.

A total of 2,500 kids’ lives were changed forever, and not for the better. Upon learning of the four conspirators’ sentences, Sandy Fonzo of Wilkes-Barre, Ed Kenzakiski’s mother, said:

“How do you put a price on the kids’ constitutional rights, on being removed from their communities and taken from their schools and everything else they suffered?”

Sandy Fonzo of Wilkes-Barre, PA, mother of suicide victim Ed Kenzakiski

This is a very good question.

Another disturbing fact comes from Wikipedia:

“The Pennsylvania state Judicial Conduct Board received four complaints about Conahan between 2004 and 2008, but later admitted it failed to investigate any of them, nor had it sought documentation regarding the cases involved.”

Do these failures – not only to serve the best interests of ordinary citizens, but merely to do the jobs they’re paid to do – point to a lazy and uncaring American judiciary? You decide.

The only positives that came from this travesty of justice are that the Pennsylvania supreme court overturned around 4,000 of Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr’s convictions (as reported by The Guardian) and people began to look more closely at the American judicial system, especially where kids are concerned.

Still, the jury is still out if this was an isolated incident or representative of who knows how many other racketeering judges partnering with private prisons to get rich quick, at the expense and blatant disregard of citizens’ rights?

Only last year, in Kentucky, an 81-year-old Social Security judge named David B. Daugherty was sentenced to a four-year prison term ” for taking more than $600,000 in bribes during the largest fraud in the history of the Social Security program.”

We the People deserve better treatment and regard from our Justice System. Speak up and let your local representatives know that anyone participating in judiciary corruption is the lowest form of pond scum. Keep draining the swamp!


15 Comments
  1. Post Author

    They should have to pay compensation to these children AND serve a life sentence!

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    Penalties meted out for those in positions of “public trust” when they violate that trust are not nearly severe enough.

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    We show horror by this debacle but its nothing different (the treachery i mean) corruption is in every walk of life, every corporation in the world every government on the planet most people in power positions know how it all works they turn blind eyes and everyone with half a brain cell knows why because cash is king ! money rules everyone whatever walk of life you come from ,most arguments ,fall outs , disagreements are someway down the line will be tagged to money. those honest upstanding politicians who set out to right the wrongs once they come to a difficult decision will soon be persuaded to change track along with there morals, leading to swollen bank accounts. justice what justice, whats meant is how much money is in it for the decision maker.

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      So true. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to know that those, in powerful positions, could not/would not be bought. Unfortunately, there are so many powerful people who, although they already have money, will always take more money. All for the love of money.

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    The US and state constitutions need to impose the death penalty on public officers who betray the public trust. NONE should survive the experience.

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    Eternal vigilance is the price of democracy. It is also the price of justice and freedom.

    No one but no one should be able to buy with money their way out of punishment when guilty – they do their time like all criminals should.

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    That’s nothing, compared to the $55B/yr S. African gold cartel monopoly, enforced by the EPA, on you and me! They actually poison U.S. They are above the law that they claim to write.
    EPA ….. hmmm …. Let’s see, EPA
    1. outlawed offshore drilling based upon fraudulent claims of oil spills, forcing U.S. to buy from OPEC, perhaps with the motive of saving the U.S. dollar once it was taken off the gold standard (due to Federal Reserve looting of Ft. Knox gold).
    2. forces every vehicle since ’75 to emit hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, & phosgene (WWI poison gas), due to catalytic converter mandate. More expensive fuel, less mpg, less hp, more complexity, more expensive (rhodium reached $8,000/try oz in ’08).
    Yes, we don’t want to clean up the EPA.
    EPA has probably run 1/2 the U.S. businesses out of business since it’s disgraceful creation by Nixon. An earlier count was 17,000 EPA employees working to put U.S. businesses out of business.
    Scott Pruitt has promised to cut 25% of the EPA’s work force,
    25% of 17,000 EPA job destroyers, that’s 4,250 worthless government parasites looking for work. Or not.
    As far as I know only 18 of those 17,000 actually verified automaker emission compliance claims. That’s why VW & others were able to sell cars with rigged emissions.
    The reality is that we do NOT need/want catalytic converter madness (hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide and phosgene WWI poison gas emissions in our cities and around our homes).
    Catalytic converters produce hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide & phosgene WWI poison gas.
    You are trading fuel for poison. Emission testing equipment conveniently omit sensors for these poisons.
    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/192/4241/809.extract

    In order to fuel the catalytic converters, with carbon monoxide, the air/fuel mixture is made richer in fuel, the ignition is retarded as are the intake and exhaust cam timing.
    In fact the CO output is increased 5X for converter equipped vehicles. Think about it, the cats have to be heated to about 1,400 degrees F in order to convert the most CO to HCN, HS & phosgene gases. Even in cold weather. Besides, the EPA wants them to “light off” more quickly upon cold start, so yes modern EPA engines emit tons of CO.
    But, once the CO (fuel) enters the cats, it is combined with NOx to form CN (cyanide) gas.
    Besides that CN is absorbed in water (rain, fog, spraying) dissolving lead, tin, arsenic, and other toxic metals in the soil, making them bio accumulate in plants (food), just for your delight. Yum. EPA veggies!
    Eat your EPA veggies.

    1. Cars/trucks do NOT produce hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, nor phosgene poison gas W/O a catalytic converter.
    2. Obviously, the more poison gas emitted, the more toxic that gas becomes.
    3. What may not be obvious is that when 2 poison gases are mixed, is the toxicity the same, or doubled?
    Actually, the toxicity is 100 times as much as either single poison gas.
    So, you tell me, when 3 poison gases are intentionally, knowingly, created by the EPA, is that exhaust stream now 1000 times as toxic as any one single gas of the same concentration?

    Remember, your greatest exposure is in the city and during rush hour, twice each day. Why would the EPA knowingly do this to you and your family?

    But it gets even worse.
    Take San Francisco. These poison gases blow inland from the city, to farm land. Cyanide is water soluable and is used to refine metals, because it has the unique ability to dissolve them. So, when it rains, fogs, or even when the crops are watered, cyanide is dissolved in the ground water, allowing it to now leach lead, tin, arsenic, and other toxic metals from the soil, into the water.
    As if that is not bad enough, plants must use that water, where the heavy metals bio-accumulate, forming a concentration of toxic metals in your food, killing you, and the wild life who also have to eat and drink there.

    Is any of this worth the false promise of reducing smog?
    Are you happy that your government is knowingly poisoning you?
    Can you imagine how much more dangerous the roads are now that drivers are actively being poisoned, in many different ways, all at once.

    Why does the EPA get away with making vehicles MORE expensive (to buy, to drive, to maintain, to sell), less fuel efficient, use more expensive fuel, require yearly smog testing (due to complexity & lack of reliability)?
    To poison Americans into submission!
    Catalytic converters (cats) don’t “clean up” “smog.”
    They don’t improve mpg, nor hp.
    They don’t reduce carbon emissions, in fact they increase carbon emissions.
    They don’t allow less expensive fuel.
    They don’t make cars more reliable.
    You can’t buy used cats. Only new ones. So that the S. African mining interests can use hydrogen cyanide to remove the precious metals from the old cats, to put into new cats, that cost from $1,600 & up.

    NOx NOT listed as toxic. Cyanide is!
    EPA mandated catalytic converters “convert” NOx -> HCN
    REAL NEWS: EPA holocaust 2.0
    NERVE GAS FROM CARS WITH CATALYTIC CONVERTERS
    http://whale.to/b/nieper.html

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    Should such judicial (et. al.) corruption be correctly registered as a betrayal of the Constitution? If so, then would not such betrayal properly be called treason? If treasonous, then should the death penalty be an appropriate determination of adjudication for said abusive actions? Should private business be likewise adjudicated properly as traitors to the Constitution and dealt with the same way? Were military execution of such traitors in the new, would their be significantly less incentive and less probability of future betrayal of children and the Constitution? Am i out of line to think the answer to this last question is, yes. Should i remember that this is just the place of a Delusional-Illusion and so it doesn’t matter and not trouble myself with my inner fury with such matters of said betrayals? Sadly, yes. [However, there is this that might/could cheer you up a bit. Take note and wonder what the #WhatIsNeeded rule might find as being useful next: https://theirf.vivaldi.net/2017/12/30/happy-new-year-01-01-18/ ]

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    This is the problem with private prison corporations that make lots of money based on the number of inmates that are sentenced and incarcerated. I have worked with a couple of prison ministries and most of the inmates are not hardened criminals but are poor and have very limited education. They get arrested for minor offenses and don’t have the money or education to get proper legal representation. They get caught in the system. The “ For Profit “
    prison system is a segment of the Swamp that needs to be changed. These judges that were a part of this need to be imprisoned.

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    I just read yesterday about all the children who are dying of drug overdoses and juveniles that went to kill children at school’s yet this state had to LOOK for juveniles to send to this institution? Something does not sound right? It’s difficult to make any one judgement based on an instance; howbeit very worst of the worst of human beings in judicial systems, yet I know we have some very caring and human judges who have given their entire lives to the judicial system and made many personal efforts to be humane with known drug offenders who were not violent, just sick, drug-addicted individuals who needed more care not incarceration. Judge Robert Fairwell in Hayward, CA gave his life to the judicial system here that was so over-loaded with addicts that he would give personal talks and try to be gentle and caring with his now known addicts in his court because he was very caring! Sometimes even as an adult–we need a “time-out” to consider who we have hurt besides our selves when we choose to inject drugs and be a drain on society and a “taker”. Sometimes we cannot find the impetus within while addicted to remain clean or go through withdrawals without a “time-out”!

  10. Post Author

    Thank you for a well written, factual article. You opened my eyes to something, sadly I must say I wasn’t aware of. I hope you continue to be successful in your career. Your approach is refreshing. Thank you.

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    The saddest thing about all this is the fact that some 5-6% of these children likely suffered from paruresis during their incarceration, making their stay a literal hell. They will be damaged, probably suicidal, for life. Paruretics go to great lengths to not commit any instances of impropriety (even accepting great abuse without fighting back) to avoid even the possibility of jail time.

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    The current system does not allow parents to discipline their children, unless one wants a visit from Children & Youth. The current system approves of the “judicial system” being the disciplinarian. “Kids for cash”? Who pays for the kid’s fines, ankle bracelet, detention meals and housing etc.? The parents! Extortion via children, AKA, “Kids for cash”!

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    When will you “moderate” (approve) my comment, above?
    What are you waiting for, EPA approval?

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    That’s nothing, compared to the $55B/yr S. African gold cartel monopoly, enforced by the EPA, on you and me! They actually poison U.S. They are above the law that they claim to write.
    EPA ….. hmmm …. Let’s see, EPA
    1. outlawed offshore drilling based upon fraudulent claims of oil spills, forcing U.S. to buy from OPEC, perhaps with the motive of saving the U.S. dollar once it was taken off the gold standard (due to Federal Reserve looting of Ft. Knox gold).
    2. forces every vehicle since ’75 to emit hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, & phosgene (WWI poison gas), due to catalytic converter mandate. More expensive fuel, less mpg, less hp, more complexity, more expensive (rhodium reached $8,000/try oz in ’08).
    Yes, we don’t want to clean up the EPA.
    EPA has probably run 1/2 the U.S. businesses out of business since it’s disgraceful creation by Nixon. An earlier count was 17,000 EPA employees working to put U.S. businesses out of business.
    Scott Pruitt has promised to cut 25% of the EPA’s work force,
    25% of 17,000 EPA job destroyers, that’s 4,250 worthless government parasites looking for work. Or not.
    As far as I know only 18 of those 17,000 actually verified automaker emission compliance claims. That’s why VW & others were able to sell cars with rigged emissions.
    The reality is that we do NOT need/want catalytic converter madness (hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide and phosgene WWI poison gas emissions in our cities and around our homes).
    Catalytic converters produce hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide & phosgene WWI poison gas.
    You are trading fuel for poison. Emission testing equipment conveniently omit sensors for these poisons.
    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/192/4241/809.extract

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