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Feds Won’t Retry Ciavarella on Overturned Convictions

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella will not be retried on racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection to the so-called ...

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella will not be retried on racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection to the so-called “kids for cash” scheme in Luzerne County.

Ciavarella was one of two judges convicted in 2011 of taking kickbacks in exchange for getting juveniles sent to a for-profit detention center building in Luzerne County.

Two years ago, a federal judge overturned his conviction on three of those charges which could reduce his 28-year sentence.