The sentencing date has been set for a disgraced northeastern Pennsylvania judge convicted of taking $1 million in bribes from a real estate developer who built a pair of private juvenile detention facilities.
A federal judge scheduled the sentencing hearing for former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella for August 11.
Ciavarella was convicted in February of counts including money laundering and wire fraud as part of the scheme involving another judge.
Prosecutors alleged Ciavarella and former county President Judge Michael Conahan ran a kickback scheme involving the closure of the county-run juvenile facility and the construction of two private detention centers. Conahan pleaded guilty to racketeering last year.
The scandal prompted the state Supreme Court to throw out thousands of juvenile cases handled by Ciavarella.
Sentencing Scheduled for Corrupt Ex-PA Judge