Former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., leaves the federal courthouse in Scranton Pa. after being convicted of racketeering on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 in Scranton, Pa. Federal prosecutors ... more 
Former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., leaves the federal courthouse in Scranton Pa. after being convicted of racketeering on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 in Scranton, Pa. Federal prosecutors accused Ciavarella, a former juvenile court judge, and a second judge, Michael Conahan, of taking more than $2 million in bribes from the builder of the PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care detention centers and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the facilities' co-owner. Ciavarella insisted the payments were legal and denied that he incarcerated youths for money. A federal jury in Scranton returned a mixed verdict, convicting Ciavarella of 12 counts, including racketeering and conspiracy, and acquitting him of 27 counts, including extortion. The guilty verdicts related to nearly $1 million that the builder paid to the judges. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By The ScrantonTimes-Tribune, Michael J. Mullen
Fri, Feb 18, 2011 6:16 PM EST