U. S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE RECUSED IN MAJOR GANG/MURDER CASE

James J. Bulger was indicted on numerous gang charges in the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts including 19 murders and RICO charges. It is alleged that he led the Winter Hill Gang. He claims, with a significant amount of evidence to back him up that he was given immunity by the Justice Department in exchange for his assistance to the government as an informant. The charges were brought against Bulger by the New England Organized Crime Strike […] Read more »

FLORIDA APPEALS COURT REMOVES JUDGE FROM ZIMMERMAN CASE

In a 2-1 decision the Florida District Court of Appeals for the Fifth District granted George Zimmerman’s request to have Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. removed from his case. Zimmerman, the captain of the neighborhood watch in Stanford, Florida is charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager walking back to his father’s apartment after buying a couple of items at a convenience store. In granting Zimmerman’s writ of prohibition challenging Lester’s refusal to recuse himself the […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

UPDATE: CIAVARELLA CORRUPTION TRIAL TO BEGIN TODAY

Between 2003 and 2007 judges Mark Ciavarella was the chief juvenile judge in Lucerne County, Pennsylvania. During that time he arranged for the closing of the county juvenile facility and to send juvenile offenders to facilities owned by a private corporation, PA Child Care. Ciavarella was a tough judge. He sent numerous children to the PA Child Care facilities. A ten year old was sent when she accidentally set her room on fire. Another girl was sent for shooting a […] Read more »

JUDGE CRITICIZED FOR SENTENCING LECTURE

Being a judge does not mean that you are very bright. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Rudolph T. Randa sentenced Jose Figueroa after a drug trial in which he was found guilty of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to sell cocaine to 235 months in prison. However it was not the sentence that causes Randa to have his IQ questioned. After all, believe it or not, 235 months was the bottom of Figueroa’s guidelines. But […] Read more »

ETHICS TEXAS STYLE

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal appeals court in the state, refused to grant Charles D. Hood a new trial despite the fact that the judge and the prosecutor were having an affair. The affair had been rumored in Collin County, Texas for some time. But it was only confirmed last year when Hood’s attorney deposed the judge, Verla Sue Holland and the prosecutor, Thomas S. O’Connell, Jr. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the […] Read more »

UPDATE: CORRUPT JUDGES CONVICTED FOR INCARCERATING JUVENILES IN EXCHANGE FOR KICKBACKS–SUPREME COURT PRESERVES RECORDS FOR CIVIL SUIT

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed itself and decided to preserve the approximately 6500 files of the juveniles who were sentenced by former judge Mark Ciavarella who was charged with receiving kickback from a private prison company in exchange for sending juveniles to the prison. Last month the Supreme Court vacated the juveniles’ convictions. When a conviction is vacated the normal procedure is to destroy the files but by maintaining the files the Supreme Court is allowing the juveniles to sue […] Read more »

UPDATE: CORRUPT JUDGES CONVICTED FOR INCARCERATING JUVENILES IN EXCHANGE FOR KICKBACKS–JUDGE REJECTS PLEA BARGAIN

Former Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. of the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania juvenile court and Michael T. Conahan of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas plead guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion. The pleas were a result of an investigation which showed that they accepted kickbacks in exchange for sending juveniles to a private jail. They entered into plea agreements under which each would do 87 months in Federal prisons. U. S District Judge Edward M. Kosik rejected the […] Read more »

UPDATE: JUDICIARY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS IMPEACHMENT OF JUDGE SAMUEL KENT FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IN SEXUAL ABUSE CASE

A Congressional committee recommended Wednesday the impeachment of U. S. District Judge Samuel Kent who was convicted of obstruction of justice for lying to a judicial investigating committee and the FBI which were investigating sexual abuse complaints against him by his secretary and case manager. According to testimony by staff members he would grope them, often while drunk. As part of a plea bargain he was sentenced to 33 months on the obstruction of justice charge and the sex related […] Read more »