These two juvenile court judges are accused of getting kickbacks from private detention facilities for harsh sentences they imposed on their charges. Weirdly, the kicking back private detention facility operators don’t seem to be charged.
They took months and years from the lives of hundreds and possibly thousands of people for no reason than their own financial gain, without a thought as to who they were hurting, and whose trust in the justice system they were shattering.
And they only get seven fucking years for that. Bull. Shit. They should spend every moment of what life they have left behind bars. They should be forced to pull whatever strings they can to get the kids they hurt into decent colleges. Every penny of the money they made and every cent of their savings, no matter where it came from, should go to those kids.
And I don’t have to give it my usual “innocent until proven guilty” crap since they are going to plead guilty this week. I’d love to be the sentencing judge on that one. I’d say, to hell with the deal, you are getting the book and give them the maximum sentence and let them whine.
This is just evil to so great a degree that attempts to amplify it in words paradoxically only serve to diminish it.
I am, however, curious. One of the judges sent a letter to his fellows saying he has disgraced himself, etc, yet he says he didn’t take kick-backs. What the…? If there are no kickbacks, what did he do? He is pleading guilty to fraud - what is the fraud in the absence of kickbacks? I am puzzled.
Wow. I work at a juvenile detention center and I can’t even imagine our admin going to the judges to work out some kind of deal. Of course, we are overseen by the county and the state, and not a private company. Plus our admin has ethics.
And as for the judges…there are no words for how despicable this is.
You know, the district attorney had to be somewhat complicit in this as well. how did these kids get sent before any judge without a case being created by the district attorney’s office? They decide which charges should be pursued. Well, at least in my county they are.
I’m sure some lawyerly type will be in here shortly to correct me, but I don’t think playing the victim is going to work here. The man participated, and knew that he was in violation of the law every time a kickback kid walked into the facility.
Even if it does, the man’s a fucking coward. There are times in your life when you have to stand the hell up and be a man. This would be one of those times.
The Funny thing that set this off was A riot at the juvie center n June of 07. We’ve been dealing withe fallout up here the last few weeks and The fact that another judge was stripped of her position for corruption charges has left the benches very empty.
And yes, i’d want these guys to serve everyday of their lives in maximum security against some of the people they sentenced, But I’ll take them no longer being in a position of power, penniless when they get out(No pensions for those fuckers) and The fact that no one will be in their late 60’s and early 70’s when they get out is consolation enough.
Yes, but Libertarians have to keep in mind that the profit motive does create situations like this. If you have a system where everyone has a profit interest you’ll see a lot more of this. That’s why the government has a valid role - it’s a disinterested party which has no profit stake in the outcome of the decisions it oversees. So you need a balance: private businesses competing to create the best ideas and government oversight to make sure nobody is cheating.
Reminds me of Max Barry’s Jennifer Government. A great read, it’s about a future libertarian/ultra-capitalist U.S. where everything is privatized and people take on the names of the companies they work for as surnames (i.e. “John Nike”).