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Friday, March 27, 2009

Luzerne County Judges

The latest in the on-going Luzerne County judge scandal is that the State Supreme Court voided the convictions of thousands of juveniles convicted by two former Judges. Story here. This is just the latest chapter in an on-going drama that will be playing out for years.

What's interesting is that now the State Supreme Court is getting "all serious" and such now that this is in the public domain. Where was this same court a few years ago with the Juvenile Justice Center tried to get their attention over the myriad of abuses happening in Luzerne County? Back then they chose to do nothing. While I applaud any action to right the wrongs that have occurred, I find their after-the-fact conversion to taking this seriously more than just a little sad.

It all boils down to this: in Pennsylvania, lawyers and judges can only be disciplined by...you guessed it...other lawyers and judges. Whenever you have a group responsible for policing itself you have recipe for disaster.

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