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With Judges Like These

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

First read this on the e-mail list serve I’m on for the website Community Labor News.  In an article by Mumia Abu-Jamal, he writes:

In Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County, there are 9 judges of the Court of Common Pleas. Two of them just pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to convict and sentence juveniles to a private prison, so that they could get kickbacks from the prison’s builders and owners.

At least 22% of their judges have admitted being corrupt, in the sordid business of selling the freedom and well-being of poor children for profit.

And the worst part is that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court originally rejected the petition to hear the case.

The media reports on this outrage and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expresses a little interest.  This is the nature of judging these days; when even kids are expendable fodder for the Prison Industrial Complex.

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