2009-04-30 / Local & State

Pa. County Named In Suit Over Judicial Kickbacks

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania county has been named a defendant in a lawsuit over two disgraced judges who took kickbacks from juvenile detention centers.

About 100 juveniles are plaintiffs in the case involving former Luzerne County judges Mark Ciavarella (shiv-ah-REL'-lah) and Michael Conahan. They have pleaded guilty to taking $2.6 million to send juveniles to two private facilities.

The federal suit by the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center is one of several filed against the men. The law center added the county as a defendant in an amended suit filed Thursday.

The judges are fighting the claims on grounds of judicial immunity.

The state Supreme Court last month overturned hundreds of convictions Ciavarella issued between 2003 and 2008.

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