Supreme Court Rejects Local Appeals

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The United States Supreme Court will not hear two big court cases that originated in our area, meaning both rulings will stand.

First, the high court announced Monday it will not hear the appeal filed by former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella.

Ciavarella was convicted in the so-called “Kids for Cash” scandal. He was accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for keeping a juvenile detention center filled.

The Supreme Court also will not hear an appeal made by the city of Hazleton.

It concerned a controversial city ordinance to combat illegal immigration.

That ordinance included penalties for landlords and employers in Hazleton if they rented to or employed illegal immigrants.

The ordinance was later declared unconstitutional and Monday’s court action means that ruling will stand.



  • David Ford

    I’m all for LEGAL immigration. This country was built on LEGAL immigration. However, why is it that the only ethnic group immigrating here is forcing the AMERICAN CITIZEN to learn their language which happens to be Spanish, instead of themselves learning or language which is English. Every other ethnic group learned OUR language not forcing us to learn theirs

    • Melany_Proud Hispanic_American

      I was born in this country but my family were not! I am American By Birth Hispanic By Blood! And I am very proud to have to have been raised by two of the greatest cultures in the world! I Am Proud To Be American And Also Very Proud to be Hispanic!

  • Melany_Proud Hispanic_American

    in Hazleton the un-educated people think that we Hispanic-American people care if they pass this law! They think that because of the color of our skin we are illegal! jajaja. We are not going anywhere! get over it! Most of us came here LEGALLY! enough is enough! I hope they do one day pass this law so they can see that it wont affect us because we are not illegal in this country and they should not discriminate against us because of some bad apples!


    • ME

      Whoever said that you were all illegal? Get over yourself. Your people are not the only immigrants to come here. They are just the only ones who want everyone here, to know they’re here and to cater to them, as if they are something special.

      • Melany_Proud Hispanic_American

        I can’t speak for all Hispanics but I can speak for myself and my family. we do not want to be catered to! we work really hard to provide for our families and to give our children a brighter future. we just want to be treated with respect! and not be looked at as illegals just because of some bad apples!

  • Tracy

    What part of illegal don’t they understand? Being in this country as an undocumented workers makes one criminal so how can it be rulled unnconstitutional??? Please show me where in the Constitution that states illegal immigrants have rights.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      ” All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

      • ME

        Well, Rusty, many illegals weren’t born here and aren’t naturalized. They’re illegal! They shouldn’t have any rights, and our constitution doesn’t grant rights to them. Stupid people and liberal government has.

  • Mike O'Hara

    What degree of kickbacks did Ciavarellia take in the rigged hearing that approved the hotel tax that props up the arena?

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