Tina and Hillary cover former President Judge of the Luzerne County Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Mark Ciavarella and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Mark Ciavarella served as judge for the Court of Common Pleas since 1995 where he developed a reputation for his harsh sentencing. But, when the FBI gets tipped off about accusations of nepotism and questionable sentencing of children, Ciavarella’s secret role in an alleged kids for cash scheme is revealed.
Throughout his political career, Newt Gingrich was known for his partisan battles that wreaked havoc in Congress. But, when he became Speaker of the House in 1995, he paved the way for the damaging slash and burn politics common today.
New York Times
“Suit Names 2 Judges Accused in a Kickback Case”--Ian Urbina
“Despite Red Flags About Judges, a Kickback Scheme Flourished”--Ian Urbina
Leaked State Audit--Bureau of Financial Operations, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, via New York Times
“Former Judge Is on Trial in ‘Cash for Kids’ Scheme”--JON HURDLE and SABRINA TAVERNISE
“US Supreme Court again rejects former judge’s appeal”--Associated Press
“Feds decline to retry Ciavarella for racketeering”--James Halpin
ABC 16 WNEP: The News Station
“Some Convictions Against Former Judge Ciavarella Vacated”--Dave Bohman
All That’s Interesting
“Kids For Cash: When Judges Took Bribes To Dish Out Harsh Sentences To Juvenile Offenders”--Gina Dimuro
New York Post
“Corrupt ‘Kids for Cash’ judge ruined more than 2,000 lives”--Larry Getlen
“Former judge sentenced to prison for ‘kids for cash’ scheme”--Dave Warner
United States Court of Appeals,Third Circuit. UNITED STATES of America v. Mark CIAVARELLA, Jr., Appellant.
“Pa. judges accused of jailing kids for cash”--MICHAEL RUBINKAM and MARYCLAIRE DALE
League of Women Voters
“Privatization of Prisons”--Ted Volskay
Mark A Ciavarella, Jr.
“$4.75M Kids for Cash Settlement Approved”--Rose Bouboushian
Mark Ciavarella Mug Shot via US Department of Justice
Sandy Fonzo Confronts Ciavarello--Michael J Mullen via PennLive news site
All That’s Interesting
PA Child Care Facility--Matt Rourke, AP via All That’s Interesting
Contract with America
"The Man Who Broke Politics"-- by McKay Coppins
"The Millennial's Guide to Newt Gingrich"--by Julia Ioffe
"The Long March of Newt Gingrich"--by Peter J. Boyer
The Daily Beast
"The Inside Story of How Newt Gingrich Single-Handedly Destroyed Congress"--by Timothy McNulty and Brendan McNulty
Newt as Professor--by Andrew Hazlett
Newt with Jackie--via Stars Unfolded
Newt with Marianne--via La Times
Newt with Callista--Reuters photo, Jonathan Ernst via Politico
Baby Newt Cartoon--Daily News via The Atlantic