Judge guilty in kids for cash scheme

Judge guilty in kids for cash scheme

A federal jury on Friday found a former Pennsylvania judge guilty in a so-called kids-for-cash scheme, in which he took money in exchange for sending juvenile offenders to for-profit detention centers. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was accused of taking $2.8 million in bribes and kickbacks for putting juveniles into detention centers owned […]

Judge seals Loughner’s arrest records

Judge seals Loughner’s arrest records

A federal judge on Friday rejected a request by news organizations to release search warrant records and federal booking photos of Arizona shooting rampage suspect Jared Lee Loughner, saying the investigation was still under way. But U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said he would consider releasing the materials once a superseding indictment was handed down […]

Docs order too many tests because of lawsuit fears

Docs order too many tests because of lawsuit fears

CT scans, MRIs and other pricey imaging tests are often more for the doctor’s benefit than the patient’s, new research confirms. Roughly one-fifth of tests that bone and joint specialists order are because a doctor fears being sued, not because the patient needs them, a first-of-its-kind study in Pennsylvania suggests. The study comes a day […]

Wisconsin Dems Could Stay Away For Weeks

MADISON, Wis. — Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority Republicans over union rights for public employees. The dramatic flight from the state stalled a proposal that seeks to ease Wisconsin’s budget woes by […]

Obama Administration Changes Course On Bank Secrecy Case

The U.S. Supreme Court should reject a banking industry appeal aimed at stopping release of details about the Federal Reserve’s emergency 2008 bank loans, the Obama administration said as it changed course on the corporate secrecy case. Content from The Huffington Post, obtained via an RSS feed, as in all content in in our Political […]

Congressman’s Staffers Urged Him To Get Psychiatric Help

PORTLAND, Ore. — Senior staffers of U.S. Rep. David Wu were so alarmed over the Oregon Democrat’s erratic behavior just days before the November election that they demanded he enter a hospital for psychiatric treatment, a newspaper reported Friday evening. The Oregonian, citing interviews with a number of anonymous staff members, reported on its website […]