2009-08-13 / Local & State

Pa. Enacts Law To Study Juvenile Justice Scandal

By MARK SCOLFORO

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new state law is in place that sets up a special commission to review the juvenile justice corruption scandal in northeastern Pennsylvania in which two judges have pleaded guilty.

Gov. Ed Rendell on Friday signed legislation that sets up the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice.

It'll study what happened in Luzerne County and recommend ways to prevent similar problems from occurring.

The panel's report and recommendations are due by the end of May.

The commission is separate from a review of thousands of juvenile convictions that the court system has undertaken.

The two county judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, pleaded guilty in February to fraud charges. But a judge recently threw out their plea agreements, saying they aren't adequately accepting responsibility for their actions.

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