A 17-year old girl appeared before a judge in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania recently. She was charged with building a spoof "MySpace" page that made fun of the assistant principal at her school. Hillary Transue was an excellent student who had never been in trouble, and was expecting a stern lecture.The judge was getting payoffs for sentencing people. No regard for justice. He was in it for the money. Actually 2 judges have been 'caught' so far.
Instead, the judge sentenced her to three months at a juvenile detention center on a charge of harassment, even though Transue put at the bottom of her page, that what she had done was just a joke. As her stunned parents looked on, she was handcuffed and taken away.
Some of the kids are still being detained.
The two judges are trying to work out a plea deal. And iff the court agrees to it, both will serve 87 months in federal prison and resign from the bench and bar. They are expected to be sentenced in the next several months. Since state law forbids retirement benefits to judges convicted of a felony while in office, the judges would also lose their pensions.The folks that run the detention centers are still being investigated.
It isn't just the 2 judges and the 2 detention centers. There were "probation officers, district attorneys, and public defenders" who failed to blow the whistle on this. From 2003 until today, about 5000 kids were impacted.
[I am filing this under "Cops Behaving Badly" though strictly speaking cops aren't involved. It is still an example of the Criminal Justice System being more Criminal than anything else.]