Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
"It’s just business" more like institutional racism.
I believe he was the inspiration of the Good Wife episode Tony was in.
Conservative commentator and writer Dinesh D’Souza ignited a social media backlash Tuesday, when he referred to President Barack Obama as “Grown-Up Trayvon” on Twitter…D’Souza followed up 45 minutes later, writing, “Feigned outrage on the left over me calling Obama ‘grown up Trayvon’ except that Obama likened himself to Trayvon!” (x)
Ugh, I cannot stand these right wingers with their deliberate obtuseness.
She is 76 years old “he started working out in her 50′s which truly shows no one is ever too old to get fit! She was trained by a former Mr. America.” “She runs 10 miles or more a day? How many of us can’t even run 1 mile at a time?”
“If we, as women and men, truly look to our elders, like Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd, we could learn so much. Its time that we, as people, find a true purpose. We write so much on the negative issues in our world, when we there are wonderful examples of the good side of our world like Mrs. Shepherd. If we could really focus on self preservation, respecting others and helping others in what we do, God would be so pleased. Let’s get inspired by this angel of a woman that should make anyone jump up and get a heads start on being fit for life. We’re running at this moment….!! Lol”
Stumbled upon this season 1 trailer of Scandal…this makes me sad…I miss badass, smartass Olivia Pope…ya know…the one who was believable as a high power DC fixer? No, I don’t need Olivia to be strong and powerful and win all the time. I don’t need Olivia to be confronting Russian mobsters all the time, I’d just like to see some semblance of the badass fixer again…like…in between scenes of her vacillating between dumpster diving for the Fitz phone and ignoring Fitz’s calls.
Since Steven left she lost her center…She needs someone that will call her on her ISH!
Rick Owens you’re fucking genius, you! Black women literally [stepped] out on the runway in Paris for Rick Owens’ Spring 2014 RTW show, in what is perhaps the biggest celebration of racial and body diversity in any of the Fashion Week presentations this season.