Judge in ‘Kids for Cash' Case Wants His Conviction Tossed

A former Pennsylvania judge serving a 28-year prison term for a scandal that became known as "kids for cash" is trying to have some of his convictions overturned.

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr. says in Thursday's court filings that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision established a new rule that he wants to retroactively apply to a motion seeking to throw out his corruption conviction and sentence.

Ciavarella was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for ordering kids to a for-profit detention centers. He denied any quid pro quo.


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The high court overturned former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption conviction, saying his actions didn't necessarily violate federal bribery laws.

The court says some acts — including setting up a meeting — without doing more don't qualify as an official act.

Filmmakers made a documentary called "Kids for Cash" about the case.

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