Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The LuLac Edtion #708, Jan. 28th, 2009



Pointing to the pending criminal charges against two county judges, the state Supreme Court relieved Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of all the state Supreme Court relieved Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of all judicial duties. The order forbids Ciavarella from taking any action in any case or proceeding and relieves him of judicial and administrative responsibilities. It also revokes Conahan's status as a senior judge and rescinds all assignments currently before him. The action comes three days after federal authorities charged the jurists with accepting more than $2.6 million in kickbacks in exchange for favorable judicial rulings. It seems to me that the higher Court wanted to prevent Ciaverella from voting for his replacement. Conahan is the odd man out financially because as a Senior Judge, he only got a per diem payment.


If you love boating and the sea like I do, a big part of life is sailing the open seas. It is exhilerating to say the least but when someone else pays for it, well then that's even better. I'm telling you this because at least $370,000 of the $2.6 million in kickback money that allegedly went to Luzerne County judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella was concealed by labeling it as dock expenses, marine rent, slip rental fees and other nautical-related transactions, according to the federal complaint filed against them. This condominium in a Jupiter, Fla., (Perry Como's hometown,) complex figured into the elaborate scheme uncovered by federal prosecutors into the investigation of the two judges. These particular transactions in the first five months of 2004 were made to Pinnacle Group of Jupiter LLC, a Florida business entity controlled by Conahan and Ciavarella, investigators say. Conahan’s wife, Barbara, is listed as “managing member” of Pinnacle Group. The checks were written by a Luzerne County lawyer identified in the complaint as “participant 1.” Investigators wouldn’t name him, but details in the complaint indirectly identify him as Robert Powell according to a story in the Times Leader.


A Home Rule Campaign Kick Off Event will be held on Thurs., January 29th at 7:00 p.m. The event will be open to the public, and anyone interested in joining the movement is urged to attend. The meeting will be at 198 S Main St. Wilkes-Barre. Home Rule made it onto the May 19 primary election ballot. Also on the ballot will be the candidates for the 11 spots on the study commission. Watch who the candidates will be, reformers or political hacks trying to jump on the new train leaving the station.


The Democratic Stimlus package was passed today with a straight party line vote. The GOP, the party that got us into this mess voted against it. The Republicans claimed that they were oh so worried about government spending under this plan. That to me is hysterical. This was the party that ran up deficits fighting a war in Iraq where our troops were assassinated. This was the same crowd that funded Haliburton. This was the same group that let big business run amok that started this economic decline.
This was the same party that released billions to banks saying they’d stimulate the economy when the banking bastards kept it all. Bipartisanship? The GOP has proven they aren’t worthy of that consideration and President Obama should act accordingly.


How about this. The financial institutions that paid out bonuses to the bank execs say they had to do it in order to keep and recruit new talent. Are you kidding me? We reward these wiz kids who nearly wiped us out? Tell you what I’ll do. I’ll gather a bunch of Business Analysts from this area and you can pay them $200,000 grand a piece with no bonuses and you’ll see how effective your sorry ass business will be. Where’s Kanjorski’s Northeast corrider when we need it?


At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Peter Paul would be a great choice for President JUdge. The guy is smart and has integrity.

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama gets a message!
Right with you on this one, David.
The bastards nearly sink the ship
then wont cooperate in the least with the bailout effort. So much for "America First" and the GOP!
The right is calling for a 100 day review on day 9! And Rush Limbo's
campaign for 2012 has begun!
Regarding Kevin Lynn we also agree. The man is not, even in his own estimation, a heavyweight
opinion maker and I dont believe it would occur to him to try to influence anything so directly let alone do it!
There is plenty of opportunity for investigation here, but not at WILK Radio.

Pete Cassidy

At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Yonk,

Paul Kanjo voted against it too. You are really getting very anti-republican lately....I expected better from a junction boy.

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember that commercial where Kanjo said he couldn't wait to get back to D.C. and work to build a new2 America with Obama? The visual was BaRACK ON Paulie's shoulder like the proverbial angel? What happened there?

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Paul???? I don't think any of the Judges should be president judge. They all stuck their heads in the sand when all this crap was going on.

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous virgin cynic said...

There is NO DIFFERENCE betwenn the Dems or the Reps. They are all lying bastards and thieves. Don't let the smooth talking dude lull you into acceptance of the same ole same ole. Open your eyes!

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luzerne County needs a whole new batch of judges. This entire regime is tainted. Clean em out and get a fresh start. We could probably do the same in Lackawanna
and not miss a beat on the side of justice! They all seem to love the power a little too much. Judge not lest you be judged.


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