Developer: Ex-Pa. judges extorted $590K in scheme

Developer: Ex-Pa. judges extorted 0K in scheme
As the developer and co-owner of a juvenile detention facility called PA Child Care, Robert Powell owed a debt of gratitude to a pair of northeastern Pennsylvania judges who helped get him in business.
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Trial update: Ciavarella wanted Mericle to change documents
SCRANTON — The backers of the for-profit juvenile detention center at the heart of corruption allegations against former Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. were assured of a contract to house Luzerne County juveniles as early as June 2001, developer Robert K. Mericle testified this morning.
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State: Unseal ex-Gov’s archives
Attorney General Gary King’s office on Tuesday instructed the state records administrator to unseal the records of former Gov. Bill Richardson, who had ordered his office records sealed for eight years.
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