LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — A federal judge has ruled that disgraced Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella's prison sentence will not be reduced.
A jury back in 2011 convicted Ciavarella on twelve counts related to taking kickbacks.
Ciavarella appealed and a federal judge vacated three of the counts.
But nine of the counts still stand and Ciavarella must serve the last 19 years of his 28-year sentence.
Ciavarella and fellow judge Michael Conahan took kickbacks in exchange for helping get a for-profit detention center built in Luzerne County in what became known as the "Kids for Cash" scandal.