Disgraced Pa. judge wants convictions tossed

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Posted: Mar 04, 2011 10:51 AM
Disgraced Pa. judge wants convictions tossed

A former Pennsylvania juvenile court judge convicted in a $1 million kickback scheme involving privately-owned juvenile detention centers wants his conviction on racketeering charges overturned.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella (shiv-uh-REL'-uh) filed motions Friday asking a federal judge to toss his convictions on charges including racketeering and money laundering conspiracy.

Ciavarella was convicted last month of taking payments from the owner of two detention centers in a scheme involving another judge. The scandal prompted the state Supreme Court to toss thousands of juvenile convictions issued by Ciavarella, saying they were tainted.

One motion seeks a new trial, claiming the court erred on several issues. Others claim the statute of limitations had passed for some charges.