Judge Mark Ciavarella walked out of the courtroom with a smirk, without handcuffs, able to go home to his wife and kids, after being declared guilty for numerous charges such a racketeering. During his career, though, he sent numerous kids away for petty charges, in a kids for cash scheme.
Kids like the seventeen year old boy mentioned in this, who was sent away for sixth months just because he was at an underage party, even though he was a good student and had coaches and other references to back him up. Being sent away from his school and family and friends and opportunities left him a destroyed human being. He killed himself at age 23.
I’m glad this woman had the courage to go there and say what needed to be said.
What’s tragic is that Ciavarella had the ability to just walk away.
Become aware of injustice and don’t be reserved; voice your opinion.
I’m assuming that any of you that think the judge is responsible for this man’s suicide didn’t read the article, or at least only took what you wanted to hear out of it. This kid was at an underage drinking party when he was 17. SHOCKINGLY, drinking under 21 is a crime and you get punished for crimes. Not only was he breaking one law, he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sent to 30 days in PA Child Care then 4 months in boot camp. After he was released from boot camp, he was able to go back home, but he was on probation. With probation, you have to keep in contact with your probation officer with where you’re going and on occasion, take a drug test. Unless you have something to hide, you don’t run away from probation. Hell, he could have been sentenced to spend the rest of his time in jail or bootcamp, but he was able to do probation and be home with his friends and family. As you all know, or if you don’t now you do, when you are on probation, you CANNOT GET INTO ANY LEGAL TROUBLE!! While on probation, this kid got into a fight. Instead of manning up and dealing with the consequences of his actions, he fled to Florida for a while. Now, when you’re on probation and just run away, the cops get pretty pissed off about that because it’s illegal. They issue a warrant for your arrest. When this kid came back from FLA, he got into a car accident. He was arrested for running away from his previous charges and sent to 120 days at Western PA Child Care. “In November 2006 he seriously beat a man in a fight. He was tried and convicted in 2008 of aggravated assault and was sentenced to three to six years in prison.” He seriously beat a man and went to jail? HE’S SUCH A GOD DAMN FUCKING VICTIM ISN’T HE?!?!?!?! Oh but he was a “all-star wrestler at Coughlin” so he shouldn’t get harsh convictions. Apparently, he was a “good person” too! Sure, his original conviction was kind of strict, but drug charges + underage drinking should get a harsh conviction but the judges reasoning behind this was horrible. The judge’s initial sentencing didn’t cause this kid to kill himself four years later. Maybe if he cleaned his act up he would still be alive. Or maybe if people didn’t treat him like he’s special because he was a jock, maybe he would be alive.
Especially in this area, high school jocks are treated as kings. You know, playing a football game really makes a difference in the lives of everyone. These kids ARE NOT heroes. The real heroes are the people volunteering at soup kitchens, giving food and clothes to the homeless, helping their friends and family out when they are in need, educators who give two shits about their students, people who try to raise your self esteem, the people who listen to your problems because they care. These are not kids who go to college on a football scholarship only to graduate with a degree in basket weaving and get into the real world and realize that no one gives a fuck about them.
you’re clearly a closed-minded individual who likes to appear to be unbiased and expose the COLD HARD TRUTH, but it actually makes you sound petty. boo hoo, you have it out against jocks. I could care less if he was a jock or not, I mentioned it because his mother mentioned it in the audio recording, it was obviously his hobby that he was passionate about. Sorry it was so mainstream.
just because someone is a jock doesn’t make it any less sad.
people who play sports can be assholes. people who don’t play sports can be assholes. people who play sports can be genuine. etc.
the fact that you’re jumping to conclusions such as we’re only “making him a victim because he was a jock king” exposes your own stereotypical attitude and self-esteem issues.
also, yes thank you for clarifying the already obvious news that underage drinking is a crime. however, if you truly were Captain Obvious, you would be aware that underage drinking usually gets you community service or some sort of ridiculously minor sentencing; even people who have gotten caught multiple times have not had as severe as a punishment as this kid did. as to the drug paraphernalia, are you sure that’s not in reference to the alcohol itself? regardless, these are still minor offences. the kid was a child. for what he did he should not have been put in a place surrounded by murderers and gang members and rapists or what have you.
what’s disturbing in this situation is the fact that nobody can question these things. a judge can make his say and without question it is what it is. what people need to get through their heads, as they are now with all of this scandal, is that one human being can fall to their demons. just because they were elected and have a fancy title, doesn’t mean they do not suffer from the negative possibilities of human nature. ciaverella was a crook and quite frankly a life-ruiner, because he was greedy. it’s as simple as that.
You didn’t have to live the life that the mother in the audio did, you did not have to witness what happened to her son, hear his complaints and stresses and fears, all stemming from those days sent away for a minor offence, sickened by the fact that it happened. he was driven by his realization that the world can be a dark corrupted place and at times it seems there is nothing you can do about it. yeah he committed later crimes, but you dont know the circumstances, and are you also going to tell me that his life wouldn’t have probably been completely different had he not been taken away from his family, friends, and school when he was only seventeen years old?
have a little humanity, for this world’s sake.
“Sure, his original conviction was kind of strict, but drug charges + underage drinking should get a harsh conviction but the judges reasoning behind this was horrible.” To reiterate what I said, I feel underage drinking and drug charges should get that strict of charges. Kids today, unlike older generations, go drinking and getting stoned in the woods and then go driving on narrow, curvy roads and get killed in accidents. Harsher penalties for these crimes should help in saving lifes due to accidents. So many of the people I went to high school with have died from car accidents, suicides, health problems… but they were all as of a result of drug use in the past. No one wants to see the truth behind the deaths. They never want to place the blame upon the deceased but upon other people.
As for high school jocks being treated above other students, apparently you either don’t live in this area or were involved with that group of people. NOWHERE DID I SAY I HAD ANYTHING PERSONAL AGAINST THEM. I am stating how shit is around here. So many of the football players at my high school were given passing grades because there was a game that Friday night and they needed to have a non-failing grade in order to play. Also, if you read the article, his mother seems to think that him being a high school jock was a big deal, hence why I pointed it out. “Do you remember me? Do you remember my son? He was an all-star wrestler and he’s gone. He shot himself in the heart.” Her mentioning that he was an “all-star wrestler” is completely meaningless to what happened. I also know many high school jocks who got away with crimes because of their status.
Also, do you know him personally, like best friend confiding in each other all your deepest darkest secrets that everyone else would ostracize you for? If not, you cannot tell me that his first sentence was the cause of all of this either. In the same regard, maybe I can’t say that it wasn’t the cause.
I agree fully that the judge is nothing but scum. I have never argued against that. I, however, feel that a stricter punishments for drug and underage consumption of alcohol is necessary. Unless that is, you want kids to continue to get worse and worse around here because the punishments for their crimes are so petty. Here’s a little story for you: When I was in 10th grade, a few kids got stoned, drunk, and fucked up on pills and stole their parents cars. They decided to use these cars to drag race. The one car had two kids in it and were driving on the wrong side of the road. They were speeding and were hit by an oncoming car. Everyone blamed the kid who was in the other car. No one felt that the two in the wrong lane should hold any responsibility just because they died. And you know what? Most kids at school, 90% never spoke a fucking word to the dead in their life, either left school early all week or didn’t bother to show up. They were so sad that two of their “friends” died from drunk driving, that they felt that driving around drunk all week was the best way to feel sorry for them. People DO NOT learn from history, and as the cliche saying goes, history repeats itself. If harsher sentences are handed down, then it would deter people from engaging in illegal acts. In the same regard, the judge’s motives behind the sentencing was fucked up. What’s even sadder is how little of the charges he was found guilty. 12 out of 39 I think? Or was it 36? Bull shit. In a few years, he will be out of jail and back to his normal life. That’s our “justice system” for you!