2009-07-30 / Local & State

Records Preservation Sought In Pa. Judge Scandal

By Michael Rubinkam ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge has been asked to preserve records of a Pennsylvania judicial scandal that the state Supreme Court has said should be destroyed.

The high court's plan to delete thousands of juvenile court records will prevent northeastern Pennsylvania juveniles from pursuing federal claims against a corrupt judge and keep secret the extent of his misconduct.

That's according to attorneys for corruption scandal victims. They asked a federal judge Monday to order more than 6,000 records to be saved as evidence in their lawsuit against former Judge Mark Ciavarella (shiv-uh- REL'-uh) and others in Luzerne County.

Prosecutors say Ciavarella took millions of dollars to put juvenile offenders in privately owned detention centers. He has pleaded guilty to fraud.

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