Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.
Racism is institutionalized & systemic. This is what black people face, this is the reality.
hmmm. lets see, im native american (my grandmother was full blodded Cree) and irish, and a grip of my friends who were locked away by this shit head and are now recieving thousands of dollars in settlement money were white. in fact, the area in which he presided, as well as several other judges complicit in the scam, happened to be fairly white dominant at that point. im not saying institutional racism doesnt exist, but this wasnt some dude selling off black kids who did no wrong because hes racist. this was some asshole selling of children of ANY color, because he was a greedy scumbag who cared more about lining his pockets than protecting children and ensuring a better future for them. Yes. black people deal with racism in the justice system and that is wrong, yes, the system is fundamentally flawed to favor white men. but this particular case wasnt a racially biased case. it was a greed case.
or do all the white kids, me and my friends included, who spent years locked away from our families and friends and had our adolescence ruined by this man, and several other pennsylvania judges, not count because we arent black? are the lives and futures and safety of the children affected by this only important if it bolsters your social agenda? dont co-opt the pain and psychological damage of children, who are now young adults, as a fucking campaign tactic, if youre going to skew the facts to support your political agenda. there are plenty of actual cases that will support your argument without you exploiting damaged kids and sweeping others under the rug to make this case back up your claims. You dont give a fuck about PEOPLE, all you care about is having something to back up your argument with, and rather than take one of any number of cases, you want to use this one? fuck yourselves. If thats the kind of “national outrage” we get from you johnny come lately assholes, we dont want it.
If women catcalled men (X)
Bet those arms could put together my IKEA furniture… New pick up line forever.
The shit people say to women on the street is disgusting and wrong, but I’m not gonna lie…I would greatly like to hear one of these lines sometime in my life.
Warning Signs of Satanic Behavior. Training video for police, 1990
Bulldog vs. Roomba
"My house was under attack by a new $700 Roomba. I saved us." Clearly a hate crime by a repeat offender. Sigh.
First pic is the cover of my bands last album, the 2012 release No Rest For The Rotten, drawn by Zombilly Ray. The second is the coffee mug my drummer brought me today, that im so stoked on i drank 3 pots of coffee with it in about 4 hours. The mug is actually the same blues used in the original album art, but the color didnt show up well in the lighting in my living room, or it may be because my phones camera sucks. Point is, this is the coolest fucking coffee cup ive ever owned, and Im going to get some other designs made. May even offer them as merch at some point!
How babies are born in Canada. [via]
Hey! That’s not how they’re born, that’s just how we find them, in our maple syrup buckets. No one knows how the fuck they’re born.
A clam with pearls inside.
Clams look gross and pearls look like clam teeth.
It’s just a flesh wound.
The single greatest scene in cinematic history.
(i dont reblog things on this blog but this was a keeper)