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“Kids For Cash” Movie Premieres in NYC

NEW YORK CITY — One of the biggest scandals to ever rock Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania is now the subject of a documentary film and the movie “Kids for Cash” made its world premiere this evening in New York City.

People were lined up outside the theater in Manhattan for the sold out debut, which came as part of New York’s documentary film festival.

The film looks at the scandal that landed former Luzerne County judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella behind bars.

It was a 4-year project by film-maker, Robert May, who lives in Luzerne County.

“But there are voices from two sides in this story. We tell a very unbiased portrayal as you will see. Because we tell the story from both the villain’s and the victims’ point of view, juxtapose the two stories and then you decide,” said May.

“Kids for Cash” debuts nationwide in February.

Newswatch 16’s Scott Schaffer was at the premiere in New York City and will have more on this story Monday on Newswatch 16.


  • J.C.

    The ex-judges are where they belong; sad it didn’t happen sooner. Some of the juveniles did need to be incarcerated but certainly not as many as noted. Sadly, there was at least one juvenile who committed suicide and many more lives were torn apart by the unjust actions of the despicable deeds for unabated greed.

    Please note because a mother gave birth to 5 children does not mean she’s a poor mother; in fact she may be a great mother. Now whoi is the judge????? Such comments as noted above are somewhat like Chivareell’s actions; pathetic.

  • pointing fingers

    Some of those Kids (who are now adults, but can’t be called adults because they are still acting like kids) that are reciving Kids for cash are locked up, buying drugs and/or spending it on bail.

  • Renee poesnecker

    Those kids broke the law and ended up on front of a judge. I’ve raised 5 teenagers and for all their faults, they never broke the law. I’m tired of all the sympathy they want and money. If they had not broken the law, they would have never found themselves where they were. Those judges were harsh and wrong to benefit, but non of those kids were innocent bystanders… They broke the law.

  • mother of a kids for cash victim

    I’d like to know where all the money/profit is actually going from this movie? And why didn’t the DA’s office look back further than 2002 into Chivarellas behaviour & court proceedings??? He was dirty way before 2002. His pockets were lined with money from camp Adams. Just don’t know why no one will look into this…

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