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28 Years for Crooked Judge

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Michael Rubinkam reports for AP:

A longtime northeastern Pennsylvania judge was ordered to spend nearly three decades in prison for his role in a massive juvenile justice bribery scandal that prompted the state's high court to toss thousands of convictions.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in federal prison for taking $1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as "kids for cash."

Ciavarella is 61, so he will likely never see the outside of the prison wall again.  Good.

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And good for the federal judge who rejected the plea deal that would have gotten this reptile 5-7 years.

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