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US v. Ciavarella, 11-3277

Former state court judge's convictions and sentence for racketeering, honest services mail fraud, money laundering conspiracy, filing false tax returns, and several other crimes arising out of the "Kids for Cash" scandal involving juvenile detention centers, are affirmed with the exception of Count 7, where: 1) the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant's recusal motions; 2) there was no abuse of discretion in the district court's exclusion of the U.S. Attorney's statements at another party's plea hearing; 3) the limitations placed on the cross-examination of certain witnesses did not violate the Confrontation Clause; 4) the district court did not err by admitting evidence that demonstrated that defendant and another judge involved in the scheme failed to disqualify themselves in certain lawsuits over which they presided; 5) there was sufficient evidence to support defendant's convictions; 6) the Count 7 Honest Services Mail Fraud charge was time-barred but resentencing is not required ; and 7) defendant's challenges to his sentence fail.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/24/2013
  • Published 05/24/2013




  • United States Third Circuit


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