"At worst, Hillary Transue thought she might get a stern lecture when
she appeared before a judge for building a spoof MySpace page
mocking the assistant principal at her high school in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She was a stellar student who had never been in trouble, and the page stated clearly at the bottom that it was just a joke.
Instead, the judge sentenced her to three months at a juvenile detentioncenter on a charge of harassment. She was handcuffed and taken away as her stunned parents stood by.
“I felt like I had been thrown into some surreal sort of
nightmare,” said Hillary, 17, who was sentenced in 2007. “All I wanted toknow was how this could be fair and why the judge would do such a thing.”
The answers became a bit clearer on Thursday as the judge,
Mark A. Ciavarella
Jr., and a colleague, Michael T. Conahan, appeared in federal court in Scranton, Pa., to plead guilty to wire fraud and income tax fraud for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers run by PA Child Care and a sister company,Western PA Child Care.
If the court agrees to the plea agreement, both judges
will serve 87 months in federal prison and resign from the bench and bar. They are expected to be sentenced in the next several months. Lawyers for both men declined to comment."
Of course the worthless bastards declined to comment. 87 months sounds like a lot, it is only 7.25 years.
While I appreciate these judges pleading guilty to their crimes, there can be no redemption for them. People like these judges that are held with such a high public trust should be made into examples. There should be no plea agreement, and there should be no chance for parole when they are sent to prison. Let them be sent to prison and left for dead.
Violating the public trust has become the norm for politicians, police, judges, prosecutors. It is high time we as a people stand up and hold these people accountable for their actions. If you are charged with the responsibility of creating laws or enforcing laws, you had better make sure you acquiesce to those same laws. None of this bullshit about fucking things up and pretending you are above the law. Put these judges away for ever.
It is time to end the Reagan era of privatization. Operating prisons for profit only invites corruption. With privatization there is no accountability. We have a difficult time enough at this point holding our elected officials accountable as well as our news outlets, we do not have the time to regulate these privatization morons. Let's push the Republicans as well as the failed policies of Ronald Reagan into the sea.