Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of corruption involving a member of the PA Senate or House; a PA judge; law enforcement officer; District Attorney or some other Pennsylvania public servant (I prefer serpent). However, when the news of wrongdoing in Pennsylvania involves what I call child trafficking, can the Commonwealth sink any lower.
The trial of former Pennsylvania President Judge Mark Ciavarella is finally getting underway; his criminal cohort, Senior Judge Michael Conahan agreed to plead guilty to various federal charges (no state charges, PA politicians take care of their own) and faces up to seven years in prison. Their crime, according to court documents, say they took kickbacks for sending children to a "privately owned, for profit" detention facility. Altogether the judges admitted in Federal Court that they took $2.8 million in bribes.