Former Judge Mark Ciavarella Disbarred

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A figure in Luzerne County's notorious "Kids for Cash" scandal has lost his law license.

Ex-judge Mark Ciavarella has been disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Ciavarella is currently serving a 28-year federal prison sentence after he was convicted in 2011 on 12 criminal counts.

Ciavarella and fellow judge Michael Conahan were accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for keeping a for-profit juvenile detention center full of offenders.

Last year, a federal judge vacated three of the most serious convictions against Ciavarella: racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and money laundering. Nine other convictions still stand, including mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and failing to pay taxes.

Ciavarella is waiting for a new trial on those vacated charges. If found not guilty, he could have years taken off his sentence.


  • Jim Nunn

    Judge Christopher Conner vacated those charges. Same judge who ruled against my son in a special education case where the school district trampled his rights. Sad when judges care more for criminals than children.

  • lickerblisters

    Isn’t it amazing how judges look out for each other? That’s a crime in it of itself. I give these victims and victimized families great credit for their restraint. Much better than I could have done.

  • yabbadabbadude

    Although it’s overdue and well-deserved, he’ll never want for anything for the rest of his life. When he comes back home he’ll still be rich…and powerful, behind the scenes.

  • Rusty Knyffe

    What? Already?

    This greedy Smurf was instrumental in ruining the lives of already troubled kids, along with their families. What an absolute travesty.

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