UPDATE: LUCERNE COUNTY AFTER THE CONVICTION OF TWO JUVENILE COURT JUDGES

Former Lucerne County, Pennsylvania juvenile court judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan were convicted last year for receiving over a million dollars in bribes from developers of private prisons for sending juveniles to their facilities. Since the scandal came to light the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has reversed the convictions of 2,251 juveniles sentenced by Ciavarella and Conahan. Part of the Lucerne County system under Ciavarella and Conahan was that the juveniles were routinely denied the right of counsel. As a […] Read more »

POLICE OFFICER INDICTED FOR BRIBERY

Last spring we wrote about police scandals in Contra Costa County California and Antioch. The head of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and the owner of a private detective agency, both former Antioch police officers were accused of stealing drugs from the CNET safe and selling them to the clients of Chistopher Butler’s private detective agency. Butler was further accused of setting up the husbands of his clients who were seeking divorces for DUI arrests by having […] Read more »

PENNSYLVANIA JUDGE CHARGED WITH BRIBERY

Another Pennsylvania judge has been charged with bribery. Judge Ross Cioppa of Bradford Hills has been charged with bribery for attempting to exchange favorable decision in landlord tenant matters to two women in exchange for sex. In addition to bribery the 70 year old judges is also charged with indecent assault and official oppression. In one matter he is alleged to have asked a female litigant, facing eviction to massage his genitals. When she refused he obtained her approval to […] Read more »

SECOND CIRCUIT UPHOLDS CONVICTION OF ATTORNEY FOR ATTEMPTED OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

New York attorney, Robert Simels was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempted obstruction of justice, bribery, and importation of electronic surveillance devices. He represented Shaheed Khan in a drug case. Khan was a drug lord in Guyana involoved in transporting drugs to the United States. During the pendency of the case Khan with the help of others bribed, threatened, and cajoled government witnesses into not testifying against Khan at trial. Simels was convicted at trial and he appealed. […] Read more »

CALIFORNIA SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ACCUSED OF ACCEPTING A BRIBE

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about two former Antioch, California police officers, Norman Wielsch, who was the head of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and Christopher Butler, who now has a private detective agency. Wielsch was accused of providing drugs seized by CNET to Butler who sold them to his clients. They split the profits. Also accused of narcotics and weapons violations was another former Antioch police, officer, Stephen Tanabe, who was working for the […] Read more »

NINTH CIRCUIT REVERSES CONVICTION OF KOHRING FOR BRADY VIOLATIONS IN THE STEVENS INVESTIGATION

As part of the Alaskan corruption investigation involving former Senator Ted Stevens, the government prosecuted State Representative Victor Kohring. He was convicted of attempted extortion and bribery. The Ninth Circuit reversed Kohring’s conviction on Brady grounds, Friday, similar to those used to dismiss the charges against Stevens. After Steven’s conviction and while Kohring’s case was on appeal the government disclosed significant documents that should have been disclosed prior to Stevens’ trial. At that point Kohring made a Brady motion and […] Read more »