Caputo: Preserve those records!!

Here’s hoping that federal district judge Richard Caputo will agree with a request from plaintiffs’ attorneys that records of over 6,500 juvenile defendants will be preserved.

The case has to do with about 6,500 juvenile defendants whose cases were shepherded through Pennsylvania courts from 2003-2008 by judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. Federal prosecutors say these judges were corrupt, having taken $2.6 million in payola in exchange for sentencing the children to private prisons.

Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said it would be okay to destroy the records of the approximately 6,100 youngsters who have not (so far) filed a lawsuit against the counties where the judges committed these corrupt acts. (There is no dispute about the records of the 400 young people who have filed a lawsuit.)

Luzerne County is being sued. An attorney for the county told federal judge Caputo that he would be “stepping on the toes of the state court” if he acted in his capacity as a federal judge to order the records preserved.

Huh. This is a county with a court system that would seem to need someone to step on its toes. Keep those records!


One response to “Caputo: Preserve those records!!

    Even if one does not ask or pretends not to see the rope and the flashing red flag draped around the philosophical question standing solemnly at attention in the middle of the room, it remains apparent that the mere presence of a private “for profit” driven prison business in our country undermines the U.S Constitution and subsequently the credibility of the American criminal justice system. In fact, until all private prisons in America have been abolished and outlawed, “the promise” of fairness and justice at every level of this country’s judicial system will remain unattainable. We must restore the principles and the vacant promise of our judicial system. Our government cannot continue to “job-out” its obligation and neglect its duty to the individuals confined in the correctional and rehabilitation facilities throughout this nation, nor can it ignore the will of the people that it was designed to serve and protect. There is urgent need for the good people of this country to emerge from the shadows of indifference, apathy, cynicism, fear, and those other dark places that we migrate to when we are overwhelmed by frustration and the loss of hope.
    My hope is that you will support the National Public Service Council to Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP) with a show of solidarity by signing “The Single Voice Petition”

    Please visit our website for further information:

    –Ahma Daeus
    “Practicing Humanity Without A License”…

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