It’s easy to criticize former Luzerne County judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan now that the criminal charges against them are out, but they were still the kings of the courthouse when then-county controller Steve Flood challenged them over the detention center.
“Steve Flood was surrounded by corruption and stood up to it, and they did everything they could to hurt him,” said West Chester attorney Sam Stretton, who was Flood’s solicitor when he unsuccessfully attempted to subpoena the judges and others to obtain answers about the PA Child Care juvenile detention center.
Some lawyers privately supported Flood’s efforts but acted like they didn’t know him in public, saying they were afraid of retribution from the two judges, Stretton said. Many county employees and politicians tried to portray him as a nut case who spun wild conspiracy theories, he said.
“They were trying to make him look like a fool,” said county minority Commissioner Stephen A. Urban, one of the few county officials who publicly supported Flood’s efforts to get to the truth about the center.
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