The wives of three former Luzerne County, Pennsylvania court judges were dismissed out of lawsuit accusing some judges and the former co-owners of a private for-profit juvenile detention facility of exchanging cash for sentences at the facility. The remaining defendants had sought to have the claims against them dismissed, but United States DIstrict Judge Richard Caputo denied that part of the motion.
The ruling means that the case against the judges and prison owners can move forward. According to the Juvenile Law Center, Judge Caputo’s order states: “There are sufficient factual allegations to support Plaintiffs’ allegations that Defendants conspired not only to construct the juvenile facilities, but to fill those facilities through violations of the Plaintiffs’ rights.”
The remaining defendants face claims of conspiracy involving false imprisonment, racketeering and violation of federal civil rights laws. Federal criminal indictments have also been issued.
The case now moves to the discovery phase, meaning that the parties will have access to detailed information to enhance or challenge their claims and defenses
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