[nfbmi-talk] oh they put this on the web site after hoursyesterday

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Mon Feb 10 11:47:12 UTC 2014


Christine,

This is what was and is on the BSBP web sit with a link right on their home 
page, but they didn't even have an agenda for Friday's Commission meeting or 
any other timely information that has been requested over and over again:
New Restaurant Offering Michigan Products to Open in House Office Building; 
Cora's Café to serve hungry patrons under innovative partnership between the
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons and the Michigan Restaurant Association
Contact: Jason Moon 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

February 7, 2014 - The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) 
and the Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) today announced a partnership
that will showcase products from local food suppliers and offer blind 
entrepreneurs the advanced training they need to run their own food service 
business.
The new Cora's Café is scheduled to open in spring of 2014 at the former 
"State Plate" site in the Anderson House Office Building.

"The new restaurant will offer hungry legislators, staffers and visitors a 
diverse set of quality menu options from Michigan companies," said MRA 
President
and CEO Brian DeBano. "The new eatery is an innovative way for area job 
providers to offer and market their products."

In addition to serving diners and promoting local food suppliers, Cora's 
Café will also be home to the training center for the BSBP's new Business 
Assistance
and Development Program (BADP). The program offers blind individuals 
advanced training in how to manage and own businesses in the private sector. 
With
the help of the MRA, training will include ServSafe food safety classes, 
where students learn to implement essential food safety practices and create 
a
culture of food safety.

"The BSBP, in collaboration with the MRA, will provide blind entrepreneurs 
in Michigan with a tremendous opportunity to attain the skills they need to 
eventually
run their own business," said Steve Arwood, Director of the Michigan Dept. 
of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. "The café will offer blind business 
professionals
a highly-technical educational experience in the food service industry."

Cora's Café will be located in the cafeteria area in the lobby of the 
Anderson House Office Building on Capitol Ave. in downtown Lansing.

"I'm certain that representatives, employees and guests will be very happy 
to see the restaurant finally open again with improved customer service and 
Pure
Michigan products," said Tim Bowlin, Director of the House Business Office."Under 
the BSBP and according to state and federal law, blind operators manage
vending routes and cafeteria facilities in state and federal government 
facilities.

"A partnership between the MRA and a licensed blind operator will be a great 
venture for the reopening of the Anderson Building site," said James Chaney,
Chairperson of the Elected Operators Committee, a committee of blind 
operators that work closely with BSBP's Business Enterprise Program staff.

Cora's Café and the Anderson House Office Building are named after Cora 
Reynolds Anderson, who served as the first woman and Native American in the 
Michigan
House of Representatives from 1925-26. The building and new restaurant honor 
her dedication to the citizens of Michigan.


----- Original Message ----- 
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Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] oh they put this on the web site after 
hoursyesterday


> Wait, this was on the BSBP website? Why?
> On Feb 8, 2014, at 8:02 PM, joe harcz Comcast <joeharcz at comcast.net> 
> wrote:
>
>> They can't post financials, or minutes, or even meeting agendas. But BSBP 
>> put this notice about the Anderson Building on the BSBP web site late 
>> yesterday:
>>
>> Excerpt: "Today a special on 'kids for cash,' the shocking story of how
>> thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges 
>> who
>> received $2.6 million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of 
>> private
>> prison facilities."
>>
>> Amy Goodman. (photo: unknown)
>>
>> Inside the Shocking "Kids for Cash" Juvenile Justice Scandal
>> By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
>> 07 February 14
>>
>> Today a special on "kids for cash," the shocking story of how thousands 
>> of
>> children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges who received 
>> $2.6
>> million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison
>> facilities. We hear from two of the youth: Charlie Balasavage was sent to
>> juvenile detention after his parents unknowingly bought him a stolen
>> scooter; Hillary Transue was detained for creating a MySpace page mocking
>> her assistant high school principal. They were both 14 years old and were
>> sentenced by the same judge, Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is now in jail
>> himself - serving a 28-year sentence. Balasavage and Transue are featured 
>> in
>> the new documentary, "Kids for Cash," by filmmaker Robert May, who also
>> joins us. In addition, we speak to two mothers: Sandy Fonzo, whose son Ed
>> Kenzakoski committed suicide after being imprisoned for years by Judge
>> Ciavarella, and Hillary's mother, Laurene Transue. Putting their stories
>> into context of the larger scandal is attorney Robert Schwartz, executive
>> director of the Juvenile Law Center. The story is still developing: In
>> October, the private juvenile-detention companies in the scandal settled 
>> a
>> civil lawsuit for $2.5 million.
>> This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
>> Amy Goodman: Today, a special on "kids for cash," the shocking story of 
>> how
>> thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges 
>> who
>> received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison
>> facilities.
>> Hillary Transue: I was known for being the jokester.
>>
>> Sandy Fonzo: Eddie, he was always a fireball.
>>
>> HT: We were talking about how funny it would be if we made a fake MySpace
>> page about my vice principal.
>>
>> Amanda Lorah: I was trying to stay out of trouble. That's when everything
>> started.
>>
>> Mark Ciavarella: Whatever sins you have committed, you can't go back and
>> undo it.
>>
>> Terrie Morgan-Besecker: Ciavarella was a no-nonsense, zero-tolerance 
>> judge.
>> He always jailed kids.
>>
>> MC: You are going to experience prison. I'll be glad to put you there.
>>
>> Unidentified: The way Ciavarella ran the courtroom, you could have had F.
>> Lee Bailey there, and the kids would have gone away.
>>
>> Marsha Levick: There's a mechanism that takes over that keeps kids in 
>> that
>> system.
>>
>> HT: No one listened, because we were kids.
>>
>> U: There was never any instance of guilt or innocence. They were locking 
>> him
>> up.
>>
>> ML: Really high number of kids appearing without counsel.
>>
>> SF: We have no rights. He's in their custody now.
>>
>> U: It is unbelievable. We're talking about children.
>>
>> MC: I wanted them to be scared out of their minds. I don't understand how
>> that was a bad thing.
>>
>> MSNBC Reporter: Former Luzerne County judge faces charges tonight.
>>
>> Gregg Jarrett: In a scandal known as "kids for cash."
>>
>> ABC News Reporter: $2.6 million.
>>
>> Stephen Colbert: In return for sentencing kids to juvenile detention.
>>
>> MC: I've never sent a kid away for a penny. I'm not this mad judge who 
>> was
>> just putting them in shackles, throwing kids away.
>>
>> SF: He went there as a free-spirited kid. He came out a hardened man, I'd
>> say.
>>
>> Laurene Transue: Here I was saying, "We can trust that judge to be fair."
>> And that's not what happened.
>>
>> AL: I was scared every day.
>>
>> Charlie Balasavage: I was only 14. All those years I missed.
>>
>> Al Flora Jr.: This is not a cash-for-kids case.
>>
>> SF: You scumbag! You ruined my life!
>>
>> AL: I still wake up from nightmares.
>> AG: That's the trailer for "Kids for Cash," a new documentary years in 
>> the
>> making, features interviews with the children, with the parents and two
>> judges at the heart of the scandal. The film is set to open in 
>> Philadelphia
>> Wednesday at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
>> Well, on Monday, I spoke to a number of people featured in the film,
>> including Charlie Balasavage and Hillary Transue. They were both 14 years
>> old when they were sentenced to juvenile detention. I began the interview
>> with Hillary Transue and her mother Laurene. Hillary was sent to juvenile
>> detention after she created a MySpace page mocking her assistant high 
>> school
>> principal. Her mother Laurene called the Juvenile Law Center in 
>> Philadelphia
>> for help and sparked an investigation that exposed the kids-for-cash
>> scandal. I asked Hillary how it all began.
>> HT: I believe it was 2007 when I was on the phone with a friend, and we 
>> were
>> just chatting, and I heard a call from the bottom of the stairs. My 
>> mother
>> sounded irate, and she yelled up to me, "Do you know anything about a
>> MySpace page?" And I said, "Yeah, from like months ago."
>>
>> AG: How old were you?
>>
>> HT: I was 15.
>>
>> AG: What was this MySpace page?
>>
>> HT: It was a parody page about my vice principal. A couple of friends and 
>> I
>> decided it would be funny to make fun of the school disciplinarian on the
>> Internet, and so we created this page. And I remember putting a 
>> disclaimer
>> on it, thinking if anybody finds this, at least I can't get in trouble 
>> for
>> it.
>>
>> AG: And you said things like - you talked about her and said, "She spends
>> most of her time reading silly teen magazines, daydreaming about Johnny 
>> Depp
>> in nothing but tighty whiteys. Ooh, la la"?
>>
>> HT: Yes, yes.
>>
>> AG: And so, this was what your mother was yelling up to you about?
>>
>> HT: Yes. I mean, there were comments on there made by other kids that 
>> were
>> not - that were obscene. And I will admit to that. But they were not my
>> comments. I do believe - I think I was held responsible for them because
>> they were on the page. And -
>>
>> AG: So, what happened?
>>
>> HT: Well, I mean, a lot of it is on my mom's end. She was on the phone 
>> with
>> a police officer, and I didn't really understand what was going on.
>>
>> AG: Laurene, can you tell us what happened with this phone call?
>>
>> LT: Sure. The officer called, asked me if Hillary is my daughter. I said,
>> "Yes." He said, "Well, I'm coming down to arrest her for making a MySpace
>> page about her vice principal." So I yelled up to Hillary, "Do you know
>> anything about a MySpace page and your assistant principal?" And she's 
>> like,
>> "Yeah, from like months ago," at which point the officer started 
>> shouting,
>> "I heard her! She confessed! I'm coming down there. I'm arresting her." 
>> And
>> I'm like, "Woah, you're not speaking to my daughter without an attorney. 
>> At
>> least give me time to get an attorney." And he started shouting that 
>> that's
>> how parents like me are: We let our kids off the hook. And because I was
>> getting attorneys involved, he was going to charge her with Internet
>> stalking, abuse of the Internet. He told me that they've been watching my
>> Internet activity and that he was coming down to arrest her. So -
>>
>> AG: What about the lawyer for your daughter?
>>
>> LT: Well, I got off the phone, and I'm like - now I'm thinking, "Where am 
>> I
>> going to find a lawyer at this time of night?" And like, I, you know -
>>
>> AG: What time was it?
>>
>> LT: It was after I had come home from work, so it was in the evening. And 
>> I
>> don't know any lawyers. We're not the kind of folks that have a lawyer on
>> retainer. So I called my mom, and I said, "Do you know an attorney?" And
>> she's like, "Well, I do, but, like, not for this. And you're 
>> overreacting.
>> This sounds like a very simple thing that happened. Call the officer back
>> and try and talk to him. Just, you know, follow the law, be cooperative."
>> I'm like, "OK."
>>
>> So I called the officer back, and he said, "Hey, you keep the lawyers out 
>> of
>> it, and I'll reduce her charges to a misdemeanor of harassment." And I'm
>> like, "Oh, OK, all right, we can do that. Are you still coming down? Can 
>> you
>> wait 'til, you know, I have at least someone here while you arrest her or
>> whatever?" And he said, "Oh, no, I don't have to come down. We'll send 
>> you
>> something in the mail." And then, that was in January, and we didn't hear
>> anything for months. In fact, I kept calling him, saying, "Where - like, 
>> we
>> haven't received anything."
>>
>> AG: So when did you hear, and what happened?
>>
>> LT: We did get a paper in the mail. We had to go to juvenile probation. 
>> We
>> had to do an interview there, bring all of her shot records, birth
>> certificate, all that kind of thing, my financial information. They asked 
>> us
>> some very intimate questions, which was odd.
>>
>> AG: You have no lawyer.
>>
>> LT: No, no lawyer. Again, I was told to keep the lawyer out of it, and
>> everything will go simply. And we asked the probation officer, "What's 
>> going
>> to happen now?" And he said, "Well, it'll probably be probation and 
>> possibly
>> community service." "OK, you know, do we get a lawyer?" Like, "No, no, 
>> no,
>> no. That - you know, we've done the study, you'll go to court, whatever."
>> "OK."
>>
>> So then we went to court, and we walked in, and they had tables set up by
>> last name. And we went to the table there, and they said, "Do you have an
>> attorney with you?" And I said, "No." They said, "Sign here." So now I'm
>> assuming, "Oh, this is where we get a public defender." And so I signed 
>> this
>> blank form and signed - but you also have to understand that there were
>> dozens of other parents there with their children at their last-name 
>> table
>> doing the same exact thing. So I'm like, "OK, this is how it works."
>>
>> Then we went in a big room, and we waited, and we thought the attorneys
>> would meet us there. No one came. They said, "We're going in the 
>> courtroom."
>> We sat right outside the courtroom. No attorneys came. The prosecutor 
>> came
>> out. The assistant principal was there. She gave him a kiss on both 
>> cheeks,
>> asked him how the family was. And he said, "Don't worry about a thing." 
>> And
>> we walked into the courtroom. They said, "This is the case of," and the
>> judge stood up and started screaming at Hillary.
>>
>> AG: The judge was?
>>
>> LT: Mark Ciavarella, former judge.
>>
>> AG: What was he screaming at you, Hillary?
>>
>> HT: The first thing he said to me was: "What makes you think you can do 
>> this
>> kind of crap?" And it was - it was really off-putting. I was there that 
>> day
>> in my mother's clothing, because she insisted that I look nice, and, you
>> know, at 15 years old, I didn't have anything appropriate. And, you know,
>> I'm already uncomfortable, and he started screaming at me, "What makes 
>> you
>> think you can do this kind of crap?" And I was just terrified. I don't - 
>> I
>> have never been before a judge before, and I wasn't expecting to be 
>> screamed
>> at by one. So it definitely was jarring.
>>
>> AG: And what happened?
>>
>> HT: I mean, it took about 30 seconds, so it's hard for me to have exact
>> details, but he said something along the lines of "Adjudicated 
>> delinquent,"
>> which meant nothing to me. And then I remember - I remember my mother's
>> hands leaving my shoulders, and I remember gliding as if in like a 
>> dreamlike
>> sort of state to this back room, where I'm - all I can hear is the sound 
>> of
>> my mother's pleading, her wailing and pleading, and I'm being cuffed. And
>> the bailiff is saying -
>>
>> AG: You're being handcuffed?
>>
>> HT: Yes. And the bailiff says, "Look what you did to your mother." And 
>> it's
>> - just like I said, it's sort of like time stopped, and I began to veer 
>> of
>> to this like parallel universe.
>>
>> AG: Laurene, did you - did the judge hand down a sentence right there?
>>
>> LT: Oh, yes. He said, "Adjudicated delinquent." And he said, "Send her up 
>> to
>> FACT AdDel for her to think about what she's done." And I just started - 
>> I
>> looked at the officer, and I'm like, "But that's not what you said." And 
>> I'm
>> like looking at these people who have said, you know, this - it will be
>> probation, possibly community service. And I'm thinking this is crazy,
>> because I had called a - in Pennsylvania, we have magistrates. And I 
>> asked,
>> you know, "My daughter's been accused with this statute of Pennsylvania
>> law." I said, "As an adult, what would be the maximum sentence?" One 
>> night
>> in jail and up to a $50 fine. So why on earth would think they would take 
>> my
>> daughter, who's never been in trouble? We had no family issues. We were 
>> not
>> involved with the system in any way. Why would I think they would take my
>> daughter away? So, basically, I started, you know, asking him, and then I
>> just started - I became hysterical. This is the best way I can explain 
>> it.
>> And I -
>>
>> AG: You saw your daughter handcuffed?
>>
>> LT: No, she was like - it was very odd, because my hands were on her
>> shoulders, and as soon as he said, "Adjudicated delinquent," I really 
>> didn't
>> hear anything else. I had been a caseworker for 16 years, and I knew 
>> exactly
>> what that meant. So, I turned and was talking to them, and when I turned
>> again, it was like - it was like she had evaporated. She was just gone.
>>
>> AG: I wanted to turn to our other guest in studio right now. Charlie
>> Balasavage, talk about what happened to you. So, Hillary was 15. How old
>> were you when police first came to your house?
>>
>> CB: I was 14.
>>
>> AG: How old are you now?
>>
>> CB: I'm 23.
>>
>> AG: So you're 14 years old, and the police came over.
>>
>> CB: Yes.
>>
>> AG: Why?
>>
>> CB: At first, I thought it would be because I was riding this scooter 
>> around
>> without a helmet on, because, you know - and ended up it wasn't that. It 
>> was
>> that someone had called, reported that scooter stolen.
>>
>> AG: Where did you get the scooter?
>>
>> CB: My parents bought it off of a family member.
>>
>> AG: They bought it for you from a family member?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, they bought it for me. So, my parents weren't home at the time, 
>> so
>> I had to call them. They rushed home, and the cops -
>>
>> AG: The police were there?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, the police were there. The cops arrested all three of us and 
>> took
>> us down to the police station. And we had to write a statement and
>> everything. We told them what happened, that we bought it. And they said,
>> unfortunately, because we didn't have no documentation saying that they
>> bought it from my family member, that they're going to have to charge 
>> with
>> receiving stolen property. And so, they said to my parents, you know, if 
>> I
>> take the charges, maybe I'll get probation, maybe not even, just 
>> community
>> service. So I agreed to it. I was like, "OK, you know, I'll do that,"
>> because otherwise my parents were going to get charged with it.
>>
>> AG: Did you have a lawyer with you?
>>
>> CB: No, no lawyer. This was all the cops' suggestion, too, that I take 
>> the
>> charges, nothing will happen, you know. And so, I was like, "OK." And I
>> ended up having to go into court, and when I went into court, it was the
>> same thing. You walk up to that table. They have that form.
>>
>> AG: Your mom was with you?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, my mom was with me. She signed it. We didn't have a lawyer at 
>> all.
>> We thought also we'd get a public defender. That's not what happened. We
>> walked into the courtroom. We were really in there for maybe a minute. 
>> And
>> the judge already knew what he was going to do with me. I mean -
>>
>> AG: This judge was named?
>>
>> CB: Ciavarella. And I really don't even remember what he - oh, he said,
>> clearly, that I have a behavior problem, because I had a speech 
>> impediment
>> when I was younger, and because of it, I was made fun of a lot in school, 
>> so
>> I had a problem going to school, and he had records of that. So, that was 
>> my
>> big problem. He sentenced me to three months in Camp Adams.
>>
>> AG: Camp Adams?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, Camp Adams.
>>
>> AG: It's called Camp Adams.
>>
>> CB: Yeah, it's like a boot camp, pretty much.
>>
>> AG: Had you ever been detained before?
>>
>> CB: No.
>>
>> AG: Did you know where you were going?
>>
>> CB: No. They shackled me right there in front of my mother and hauled me
>> off.
>>
>> AG: And how long did you serve in jail?
>>
>> CB: It was the three months I had to do in Camp Adams. Then they do a
>> follow-up where I have to go back to court. And when I went back to 
>> court, I
>> ended up having to go to a place called Clearbrook for three months, 
>> because
>> I experimented with marijuana. And I -
>>
>> AG: [Inaudible]
>>
>> CB: Yeah, and I was truthful with them and told them that, yeah, I tried 
>> it
>> before. So, apparently, I had a drug problem at that time, so they made 
>> me
>> do another three months there.
>>
>> AG: When you first went to jail, you talk in the film, ["Kids for Cash"],
>> about having to earn a pillow?
>>
>> CB: Oh, yeah. That was for my first two weeks at Camp Adams. They have 
>> like
>> a system. Your first 30 days there, you're a - it's called like a ranger.
>> You do nothing but like physical training and stuff like that. And yeah,
>> every time I would ask for a pillow, no one would ever get me one. And
>> finally, once I moved past that ranger stage, they moved me to a 
>> different
>> cabin. I finally got a pillow. So -
>>
>> AG: So, ultimately, how long did you serve in prison?
>>
>> CB: Altogether? It was about five years.
>>
>> AG: Five years.
>>
>> CB: Yeah.
>>
>> AG: How did you end up in jail for five years, on and off?
>>
>> CB: Parole - probation violations.
>>
>> AG: So you would get out?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, I would get out. I would not go to school or something, like
>> curfew.
>>
>> AG: How did jail affect you?
>>
>> CB: I mean, I was in there with people that - people that actually belong
>> there, that I've heard things, and, like, I guess I could say I was
>> influenced, I mean, by these people. Even staff would say to me, "What 
>> are
>> you doing here? Why are you here?" And I would say, "I don't know."
>> AG: That was Charlie Balasavage, one of thousands of children convicted 
>> in
>> the kids-for-cash scandal in Pennsylvania. We also heard from Hillary
>> Transue and her mom Laurene. All three are featured in the new 
>> documentary,
>> "Kids for Cash," that's premiering in Philadelphia Wednesday night, 
>> looking
>> at how two judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, took kickbacks 
>> from
>> private prisons. In our next segment, we'll speak with Sandy Fonzo. Her 
>> son
>> Ed is not with her. You'll find out why. We'll be back in a minute.
>> [Break]
>> AG: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. 
>> I'm
>> Amy Goodman. As we continue our special on "kids for cash," the shocking
>> story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two
>> corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of
>> private prison facilities, we return to our conversation with some of the
>> people featured in the new documentary, "Kids for Cash." In this segment, 
>> we
>> continue speaking with Laurene Transue, whose daughter Hillary was 
>> sentenced
>> to juvenile detention for making a MySpace page that mocked her assistant
>> principal. But first we turn to Sandy Fonzo. Her 17-year-old son, Ed
>> Kenzakoski, was sentenced to 30 days in a juvenile boot camp by Judge 
>> Mark
>> Ciavarella. I began by asking Sandy to describe how her son Ed first came 
>> to
>> be arrested.
>> SF: Just a regular, normal, happy life we had. And the summer of his 
>> senior
>> year, what would have been his senior year, he started, you know,
>> experimenting a little, too, and sneaking out of the house at night. I 
>> knew
>> he was drinking. I always - you know, it was just me and him. So when I 
>> did
>> have a problem with him, it was always, you know, "I'm going to call your
>> dad, and your dad's going to come." But now he's, you know -
>>
>> AG: He was a star wrestler?
>>
>> SF: Yeah, star wrestler. I mean, the scouts were all looking at him, many
>> opportunities for scholarships. They were watching him since he was in
>> junior high wrestling for high school. He just had a lot - a lot before 
>> him,
>> you know, a lot of good. You know, he had a girlfriend at the time that 
>> was
>> telling me stuff about him experimenting and, you know, just getting a
>> little bit out of control. I would call his dad, and his dad couldn't do
>> anything anymore. You know, he was this big kid, you know, six-one and 
>> big
>> muscles. He would lift all the time. And not doing anything than any 
>> other -
>> you know, than what I did at 17 years old, either. But he just had so 
>> much
>> to lose.
>>
>> And it got to the point that his dad called one day, and Ed wasn't home. 
>> You
>> know, he was supposed to be home in school, he's supposed to be in 
>> school.
>> And he found out that he was at an underage drinking party. And he had
>> friends that he graduated with that were cops, so he talked to them, and
>> they were going to go in and put some, you know, paraphernalia on him 
>> just
>> to get him caught, get him a slap on the wrist, let him - you know,
>> community service, educational program, anything to let him know what - 
>> you
>> know, he has just too much, too much to lose. And this is his senior 
>> year.
>> He's wrestled since he was four years old. And so, that's what happened.
>> They went and got him, and they took him in. He sat two -
>>
>> AG: They planted drug paraphernalia?
>>
>> SF: Drug paraphernalia, marijuana pipe.
>>
>> AG: In his truck?
>>
>> SF: Yes. And so -
>>
>> AG: A marijuana pipe.
>>
>> SF: Right. And so, you know, I get the call that he's down at the police
>> station. Juvenile court isn't until Tuesday, so for the weekend he had to
>> stay in jail. Tuesday comes along, and now all along, you know, we're
>> talking to the probation people. We're talking, actually, to the judge 
>> also.
>> There was a sit-down in - you know, with these cops and -
>>
>> AG: Judge Ciavarella?
>>
>> SF: Judge Ciavarella, that this was all, you know, in his best interest 
>> just
>> to get him a little slap on the wrist, wise him up, scare him straight. 
>> He's
>> a great kid. He has a great future ahead of him. And yeah, we know. 
>> There's,
>> you know, nothing you have to worry about. We don't need a lawyer - the 
>> same
>> story. You got off the elevator, and they were there. "Do you have a
>> lawyer?" "No, we were told we don't need one." "OK, sign." And that was 
>> it.
>>
>> I don't know. I was just very naive. And, I mean, I was - never in my
>> wildest dreams would I think these people that are supposed to have - you
>> know, they were the professionals. They have your child's interest at 
>> best -
>> best at heart. And these are the people that you trust, and everything's
>> going to be OK. You know, he's going to learn a little lesson, and
>> everything will be fine.
>>
>> And we stood there, and in 30 seconds he was cuffed and shackled and 
>> taken
>> away. And, I mean, that was the worst feeling, seeing him turn and look 
>> at
>> me like, you know, "What's going on?" And there was nothing I can do. 
>> That's
>> frozen into my psyche for the rest of my life, that look that was on his
>> face. They took him to the PA Child Care and said that he would be there
>> until he got this psychological evaluation, which we all know was Judge
>> Conahan's son-in-law, brother-in-law?
>>
>> LT: I think it was son-in-law.
>>
>> SF: Yeah, that was doing these psychological evaluations. Well, it was a
>> whole 30 days -
>>
>> AG: The other judge who ended up being convicted.
>>
>> SF: The president judge that made Judge Ciavarella the juvenile justice
>> judge, yeah. So, he sat in there for 30 days, got his psychological
>> evaluation.
>>
>> AG: Were you able to see him there?
>>
>> SF: Yes, you were allowed on certain days and certain times to go see him
>> and talk to him. And he wanted nothing more. "Mom, I know, you know, this
>> was so stupid. I just want to get back. I've missed so much wrestling
>> practice. This is my senior year." All he wanted to do was get back to
>> school. I had letters from the teachers, letters from the judges - or, 
>> I'm
>> sorry, from the coaches, in lieu of Ed's character, of what a great kid 
>> he
>> was, sent to the judge's chambers. And anyway, we had to go. So, we're 
>> going
>> now for 30 days, you know, and I thought to myself, "OK, you know, this 
>> was
>> good. He sat there. He got his head together. He wants to get back to
>> school. Everything's good."
>>
>> Well, we went and stood back in front of that judge, and he was shackled 
>> and
>> cuffed and taken to a boot camp out in - it was Northwestern Boot 
>> Academy,
>> an hour away from our house, total military. They couldn't speak. They
>> couldn't do anything. They were dressed in military attire. He was with, 
>> you
>> know, people from all over that committed actual - when he would tell me 
>> the
>> crimes that were committed, this is whom my son was in with. They broke 
>> you
>> down, I mean tore you apart, humiliated you. He wouldn't tell me what
>> happened when he was in there.
>>
>> AG: How long was he sent - did Judge Ciavarella -
>>
>> SF: Three months. He went in there for three months. And then, from 
>> there,
>> because Ciavarella said he had a drug problem, then he would have to go 
>> to
>> Clearbrook, which was, you know, a rehabilitation for addictions. By the
>> time my son got there, if he ever did have a problem with drugs or 
>> alcohol,
>> he was never treated, because they said, "This kid has spent so much time
>> already, we can't even keep him." So then he was just released and thrown
>> back out. "Get back your life." No school, because they gave him that 
>> amount
>> of schooling in there, so he never got to go back to his high school, 
>> never
>> got to wrestle. He was a just - he was a mess when he came out of there. 
>> He
>> -
>>
>> AG: Lost all chance of scholarship.
>>
>> SF: He wouldn't talk about what happened in there. He -
>>
>> AG: How long had he been altogether now in jail, prison?
>>
>> SF: Three, four - he was one month there, three months there, and - five
>> months, approximately. But he came out of there a changed person. Like I
>> said, he was a 17-year-old, free-spirited boy, and he came out a hardened
>> man that wouldn't even talk about what in - so, to this day, I don't know
>> what happened to him in there, but he would never talk about it. But he 
>> was
>> just a different person. You know, he - very bottled up, you know, 
>> wouldn't
>> speak, and no respect for the justice system at all. He knew he was 
>> wronged.
>> He knew what was taken away. He lost his little girlfriend while he was 
>> in
>> there. She left him for somebody, you know. He just lost, in that age, at
>> that impressionable age, way too much. He had way too much taken from 
>> him,
>> everything his - everything he had, really.
>>
>> And he ended up getting into a fight while he was still on probation, so 
>> he
>> would have to go in front of Judge Ciavarella again. And now Ciavarella
>> takes him for four months and sends him to his other facility out in the 
>> PA
>> Child Care in western Pennsylvania for four months now - loses his job,
>> loses everything again. The people that worked there couldn't understand 
>> why
>> this almost 20-year-old is doing in this juvenile facility. Nobody
>> understood. But he came out of there, and, I mean, that was it. He ended 
>> up
>> in a fight, which he had to go into - and the fight that he did get into,
>> that we took to adult court, was thrown out. It was just a fight between 
>> two
>> kids. It was nothing. But Ciavarella, you know, four months, he went to 
>> his
>> other facility that they were receiving profit for. And that was it. He 
>> got
>> into the fight. He was sentenced to a state prison for it, and he came 
>> out.
>> He lasted for almost five months, and then - that's it.
>>
>> AG: Then he shot himself.
>>
>> SF: Yeah, in his heart.
>>
>> AG: We're talking to Sandy Fonzo. She is talking about her son, Ed
>> Kenzakoski, who took his own life after an ordeal that lasted years, when 
>> he
>> ended up originally in the court of Judge Ciavarella. In the midst of 
>> what
>> you were saying, Sandy, you said you came to know that Judge Ciavarella 
>> was
>> now being investigated, even though your son Ed would continue to be his
>> victim. That takes us back to Laurene Transue now, because when Hillary 
>> was
>> taken away from you in shackles, you started to investigate the judge
>> yourself. Explain what happened - or at least take some action yourself.
>>
>> LT: Well, so, in the beginning, it was all about my daughter. So I don't
>> know that any of this other stuff is going on. What happened is, when 
>> they
>> finally let me go from the room I was in immediately following the 
>> hearing,
>> they allowed me - actually, they called my husband using my phone. And it
>> was cold, very cold that day for April, and they sat me outside the
>> courthouse in a metal chair and told me I was not allowed to come back 
>> in.
>> So, as I sat there, I'm like, "But I don't - I don't know anything. Like,
>> where is she? Where's my information?" And they handed me a business card
>> from the probation department with a man's first name on the back of it 
>> and
>> told me that that's who I should contact. But I had no idea who that was.
>>
>> So my husband came and picked me up. But you're really in a state of 
>> shock
>> when this happens, because it's so ridiculous, so - just you can't fathom
>> it. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. So that first afternoon, my
>> father, my stepmother came, my mother was calling me. They kept saying to
>> me, "She had to have done something more. There has to be more to this." 
>> And
>> I'm like, there really -
>>
>> AG: More than a MySpace page -
>>
>> LT: Yeah, like - and I'm like, "No, really, like there" -
>>
>> AG: - making fun of her assistant principal.
>>
>> LT: Mm-hmm. I said, "There really is nothing else." And so I just cried 
>> and
>> cried and cried and cried. And finally, my father said to me, "This is 
>> not
>> the" - they call me Laurie in my family. He says, "This is not the Laurie 
>> I
>> know. She wouldn't just sit here and give up." And I'm like, "But, Dad, 
>> this
>> is a judge. Like, what am I going to do?" He goes, "Well, you're going to
>> fight."
>>
>> So I called the name on the back of the card, and it turned out it was a
>> public defender in our county. And he laughed at me when I said, "You 
>> have
>> to file an appeal. This is insane." He goes, "Ciavarella doesn't allow
>> appeals." So, I'm like, "Are you telling me that we can't appeal or just
>> that it's pointless or it's not allowed? Like, what are you saying?" He
>> goes, "Well, it's pointless, but Ciavarella wouldn't even like schedule 
>> it
>> for you." I'm like, "OK." So I called the public defender's office in
>> Harrisburg. Pennsylvania is a commonwealth, so things run a little bit
>> differently in a commonwealth. I called the public defender's office -
>>
>> AG: In the capital, Harrisburg.
>>
>> LT: In the capital. And they told me, "Well, no, of course juveniles can
>> have appeals, but we're not getting involved in a county matter. OK, so I
>> called the governor's action line. And they were like, "Oh, we'll - you
>> know, we'll make note of this." I said, "Well, who else can I call?" "Try
>> the ACLU."
>>
>> So I called the ACLU. I explained the situation. They said, "Absolutely, 
>> you
>> have a case here. She had a right to put whatever she wants on MySpace,
>> especially a parody. And she put a disclaimer that that's what it is. And
>> we'd be happy to take that case, but we're not going to get involved in 
>> this
>> county placement thing and custody." And I'm like, "But now what do I 
>> do?"
>> "Well, we have some other numbers," one of which was a woman at Rutgers 
>> in
>> New Jersey. So I was like, "OK, I'm a Jersey girl. Maybe I'll get lucky
>> there." So I called there, and the woman was so sympathetic, and she 
>> said,
>> "Listen, I know somebody. A friend of mine works at Juvenile Law Center 
>> in
>> Philadelphia, and since you're in Pennsylvania, maybe they can help you."
>>
>> So I called Juvenile Law Center, and I kind of gave them the information.
>> And the person I spoke to, his name was Laval, and he was very, very
>> soft-spoken, not excitable at all. So I didn't know how to read him. And 
>> he
>> said that he would check with Marsha Levick, who was the head of the
>> Juvenile Law Center, and find out if they could take Hillary's case. So I
>> said, "OK." And he would call me back. Well, the next day, he hadn't 
>> called
>> back, and so my father said, "You give me that number," and he called 
>> them.
>>
>> The next thing I know, they were calling me, saying, yes, they were 
>> willing
>> to take the case, but not for me. They would not be my attorney. They
>> represent children, and they would represent Hillary as long as I was
>> agreeable and Hillary was agreeable. Would I - would it be OK if they met
>> with her? I'm like, "Yeah, absolutely." And I said, "Listen, just let me
>> know how much I have to pay, because, like, I do have a house. I don't 
>> have
>> much equity, but I can get some loans and get some money together." And
>> they're like, "No, I don't think you understand. We're here for children. 
>> We
>> want to help your daughter. Don't worry about any of that." I said, "OK." 
>> So
>> they went and saw Hillary. And for the first time, we had hope. I still
>> couldn't see her for three weeks. I was allowed a one-minute phone call.
>>
>> AG: You could not see your 15-year-old daughter for three weeks?
>>
>> LT: No, no.
>>
>> AG: One minute? Sixty seconds?
>>
>> LT: Yes, that first phone call was the two of us sobbing, hysterical, 
>> both
>> apologizing to the other. It was a conversation of "I'm sorry," "No, I'm
>> sorry, Mom," "No, Hillary, it's my fault. I'm so sorry." That was our one
>> minute, and then it was over. And then the next week, I think we got five
>> minutes, and the next week was eight minutes.
>>
>> HT: I think it was just eight minutes.
>>
>> LT: But somebody is there listening, and if she started to talk about
>> anything to do with a lawyer and getting out of there, they cut her off.
>>
>> AG: I want to fast-forward to 2011. Judge Ciavarella is charged, tried 
>> and
>> convicted. It's eight years after Sandy Fonzo's son first was confronted 
>> by
>> the judge and sent away. And so, after Judge Ciavarella is convicted, 
>> Sandy
>> Fonzo, who has now lost her son, Ed Kenzakoski - he shot himself in the
>> heart - she confronts the judge.
>> . AFJ: This is not a cash-for-kids case, and we hope somebody starts
>> getting the message.
>>
>> . SF: Oh, it wasn't? Because my kid's not here anymore! My kids not
>> here! He's dead! Because of him! He ruined my [bleep] life! I'd like him 
>> to
>> go to hell and rot there forever!
>>
>> . Security Guard: Ma'am, come on.
>>
>> . SF: No! You know what he told everybody in court? They need to be
>> held accountable for their actions. You need to be! Do you remember me? 
>> Do
>> you remember me? Do you remember my son? An all-star wrestler? He's gone! 
>> He
>> shot himself in the heart! You scumbag!
>> AG: Talk about that, Sandy. What happened? You were there for his trial?
>>
>> SF: I planned on being, and then when it came up, I couldn't get myself 
>> to
>> go and sit there and look at him and hear the lies. And I kept myself 
>> away
>> until the day of the guilty - you know, when he was found guilty, I 
>> wanted
>> to be there. I was actually working, and I kept getting messages from
>> everybody that he's found guilty of this, he's found guilty of that, you
>> know, and I'm having a panic attack. And they're going to take him. 
>> They're
>> going to shackle him, and they're going to take him, and he's going away
>> today. So, every - I was a mess by now, an emotional train wreck. And
>> everybody at work was like, "Go." I just wanted to be there. I wanted to 
>> see
>> him come out of there in shackles, and I wanted to see him go away.
>>
>> And I don't know how, I got myself there. Somehow I drove myself there.
>> Nobody knew I was there. And I - everybody thought I was at work. I don't
>> remember the ride at all. I just ended up there. And I heard - while I'm
>> standing out there, I learned that he is not - he's going to be released 
>> to
>> his daughter's - I don't know -
>>
>> AG: Custody.
>>
>> SF: Custody, and that he won't be going to jail. So, you know, I just 
>> lost
>> all hope again. You know, it's always - it always seems like you're just 
>> let
>> down all the time. And they were going to do a press release, and he was
>> coming out with his lawyer, Al Flora.
>>
>> AG: To do a press conference -
>>
>> SF: Right.
>>
>> AG: - on the steps of the courthouse.
>>
>> SF: On the steps of the courthouse. So when he was coming, I just went 
>> with
>> all the media and everybody that was there. And I was just there, and I 
>> had
>> no idea. But when, you know, they started, "Yeah, this was not 'kids for
>> cash,'" I just lost it. I don't remember what I said. I don't remember 
>> what
>> came out of my mouth. All I know is that all I remember is being, you 
>> know,
>> taken across the street after that, and that's all I remember.
>> AG: That was Sandy Fonzo. Her son, Ed Kenzakoski, committed suicide after
>> years in and out of jail. He was first sentenced at the age of 17 by 
>> Judge
>> Mark Ciavarella. When we come back, we'll speak with a lawyer who helped
>> hold the judges accountable and the director of the new film that tells 
>> the
>> story, "Kids for Cash." Stay with us.
>> [Break]
>> AG: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. 
>> I'm
>> Amy Goodman. Today we're spending the hour looking at the kids-for-cash
>> scandal, the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania
>> were jailed by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the 
>> builders
>> and owners of private prisons, PA Child Care in Pittston Township and its
>> sister company, Western PA Child Care in Butler County, Pennsylvania. 
>> Let's
>> turn to an excerpt of the new documentary, "Kids for Cash." This clip
>> features one of the jailed children, Amanda Lorah.
>> AL: I was in eighth grade. I was 13. Me and this girl, we used to be
>> friends. She was sitting back, calling me a slut and a whore, and "I 
>> can't
>> stand you," because we weren't friends anymore. So I threw a volleyball 
>> at
>> her. Then, when she walked past me, she did one of those hair kind of 
>> flips
>> in my face. And then, I had - it meant it was over. We ended up fighting.
>> They took me to the office, with the police officer, called my father, 
>> told
>> him to come get his "crazy daughter out of their school. She's starting
>> trouble."
>>
>> Terry Lorah: Your kid was locked up for slapping a girl. It shouldn't 
>> have
>> never went any farther than the local magistrate, if the school wasn't
>> satisfied with suspending her for three days - not out to a juvenile 
>> judge.
>> And then to find out it was all from greed.
>>
>> AL: This lady, she pulled my dad back, and she grabbed my arm. And she's
>> like, "Come with me."
>> AG: That's a clip from the new film, "Kids for Cash." The film's director
>> and producer, Robert May, joins us now. His past films include "The War
>> Tapes," "The Station Agent" and the Oscar-winning "Fog of War."
>> We're also joined by Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile 
>> Law
>> Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began by criticizing the legal
>> community for failing to stop the kids-for-cash scandal.
>> Robert Schwartz: There was a whole legal community passing through that
>> courtroom who did nothing over a five-year period. The public defender 
>> did
>> nothing. In fact, later investigations showed that they just didn't want 
>> to
>> take on more cases, and they certainly didn't want to take on Judge
>> Ciavarella. The private bar was in the room. They did nothing. The
>> prosecutors were there for every case. They saw kids being shackled and
>> dragged out of courtrooms.
>>
>> AG: Now, a lot of people say, "Well, they're the prosecutor."
>>
>> RS: Well, but they have an ethical obligation to see that justice is 
>> done.
>> That's in the Code of Professional Responsibility. And they failed that
>> code, as well. Probation officers saw that kids were being dragged out of
>> the courtroom for really minor stuff. While the rest of the country was
>> moving towards a treat-kids-in-the-community, de-incarcerate this 
>> juvenile
>> justice system, in Judge Ciavarella's court it was exactly the opposite. 
>> It
>> was: Send kids away. And one after the other was sent away.
>>
>> AG: So, you already felt that the judges - this judge was guilty for 
>> sending
>> away so many kids. We're talking thousands of kids.
>>
>> RS: We knew that he had violated the rights of hundreds and hundreds of 
>> kids
>> at the time we did our initial investigation. In the spring of 2008, we
>> filed an application with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, asking them to
>> reverse all of these adjudications of delinquency, these findings of 
>> guilt,
>> and erase the kids' records. We asked them to exercise what we call the
>> court's King's Bench jurisdiction. It would enable them to act even 
>> though
>> the time for appeal had lapsed.
>>
>> After we filed that petition, the FBI called our chief counsel, Marsha
>> Levick, and asked what did we know. Unbeknownst to us, they had started 
>> an
>> investigation of their own of Judge Conahan, the former president judge 
>> of
>> Luzerne County, because of his connections with organized crime. So, 
>> there
>> were a couple of threads happening at the same time that intersected and
>> finally came to the public - public light in January of 2009, when the 
>> U.S.
>> attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued the bills of
>> information with some preliminary guilty pleas for Judge Ciavarella and
>> Judge Conahan.
>>
>> AG: And explain what Ciavarella was charged with and this whole issue of
>> "kids for cash."
>>
>> RS: Judge Ciavarella was charged with theft of unlawful services - theft 
>> of
>> lawful services - you know, the theft makes it unlawful - wire fraud, tax
>> evasion. And the original bill of information that he and Conahan signed
>> also spoke about a quid pro quo, that he was taking money to have kids
>> locked up. But what we did know for sure was that he had taken money, or 
>> was
>> charged with taking money and agreed in the original plea agreements, 
>> from
>> the contractor who built a new detention center in Luzerne County and 
>> from
>> one of the owners of the for-profit facility that was subsequently built.
>>
>> AG: Which brings us to Robert May, the director and producer of this new
>> documentary, "Kids for Cash." His past films include "The War Tapes" and 
>> the
>> Oscar-winning "Fog of War." You did something very unusual. You not only
>> began over the next years to capture the stories of the families, of the
>> parents and the kids who were sent away, but you also managed to talk to
>> both judges who were convicted, but you did it well before they were
>> convicted. Explain.
>>
>> Robert May: Well, you know, we initially said, look, we're not going to 
>> do
>> this movie unless we can get access to both the villain and the victim,
>> because it would just become another story with a sort of one-dimensional
>> story. And the kids' story seemed so obvious, and that there had to be 
>> more
>> to the story. And we wanted to understand more what that would be.
>>
>> AG: So how did you get these judges to talk?
>>
>> RM: Well, it took some time, because I didn't know them at all and never 
>> met
>> them before. And once I figured out how to meet with Judge Ciavarella, 
>> the
>> pitch was actually quite simple. I said to him, I said, "I think there's
>> sort of a one-dimensional story that is being portrayed, primarily by the
>> media, that you are the kids-for-cash judge. You took money to send kids
>> away. You traded kids for cash. That's it. That's what I see. That's what 
>> I
>> read. That's all I see. I assume there's another side to this story."
>>
>> AG: Let me go to a clip from your film, from "Kids for Cash," of former
>> judge Mark Ciavarella.
>> . MC: I have not told my attorney that I agreed to do this
>> documentary. And maybe me doing what I'm doing is going to come back to 
>> hurt
>> me, but I felt this was an opportunity for me to let people know what 
>> really
>> happened. I'm not this mad judge who was just throwing kids away and
>> shipping them out and locking them up and putting them in shackles. No 
>> one
>> would ever look at the whole picture. They only wanted to look at a 
>> little
>> bit of the picture. All the media ever focused on was "cash for kids." If
>> that was something that the feds wanted to charge us with, then bring the
>> charges, and we'll go to trial.
>> AG: So there is Judge Mark Ciavarella. Robert May, explain these
>> conversations you had with him over a period of years. He says it wasn't
>> "kids for cash."
>>
>> RM: Right. He - we wanted to follow the active story here, literally, and
>> follow him and the other judge through the prosecution, what was all 
>> going
>> to happen. And our interview process is long. It takes a long time, and
>> they're very conversational. And we covered all sorts of things, from, 
>> you
>> know, the time of the judges' earliest memories all the way through the
>> prosecution. And so, I think we developed a level of trust where he just
>> started talking to us about all of it, and in great detail.
>>
>> AG: And Judge Michael Conahan, why did he decide to do this? And what 
>> about
>> the relationship between these two judges? He was the so-called president
>> judge?
>>
>> RM: That's right. Right. Well, Michael Conahan, when he was - when he was
>> judge, you know, he really was - had an immense power. He really did. And 
>> he
>> was also a judge that never gave a comment to the media. He just never 
>> spoke
>> to the media. So it was very unusual for us to get him, really. But he, 
>> too,
>> felt that the story was portrayed as one-sided, and he wanted to take the
>> opportunity to, you know, share his side of the story.
>>
>> AG: This goes to the issue of zero-tolerance policy.
>>
>> RS: Right.
>>
>> AG: Talk about the reconsideration of that, where it's being 
>> reconsidered,
>> where it isn't, even up to President Obama.
>>
>> RS: Right, that's a great question. Zero-tolerance policy came into favor 
>> in
>> the 1990s. Even 20 years ago, Congress passed the Gun-Free Schools Act to
>> keep guns out of school, but school districts went much farther. They 
>> were
>> expelling kids for very, very little. After Columbine in 1999, it got 
>> even
>> worse, not in terms of legitimately dealing with the gun issue, but
>> illegitimately dealing with trivial offenses in school, so administrators
>> could get rid of kids that they didn't want in the classroom.
>>
>> There's been a gradual backlash over the last five to 10 years, and this
>> story is part of that backlash. Parents' advocates, children's lawyers, 
>> the
>> Dignity in Schools Campaign and many of our colleagues have worked to 
>> undo
>> really quite silly zero-tolerance policies. And in early January, the 
>> Civil
>> Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the Department of 
>> Education
>> in Washington, the federal agencies, issued guidance to the 15,000 or so
>> school districts in the United States, saying, "You really have to be
>> careful, because zero-tolerance policies are being applied incorrectly,
>> without fairness, with implications for racial and ethnic disparities in 
>> our
>> systems, in ways that are really hurting kids." And for the first time, 
>> we
>> have the federal government saying, "Slow down. What seemed reasonable 20
>> years ago, in practice, has turned out to be remarkably unreasonable and
>> unfair to children and to families and to community."
>>
>> AG: Robert May, what were you most surprised by in making this film? And
>> this has taken you years to make.
>>
>> RM: I was most surprised by the fortitude of the families and the kids, 
>> and
>> how smart they really are, the families and the kids. And, you know, 
>> these
>> are families, I think, that Judge Ciavarella judged as - you know, as not
>> worthy or something. It's hard to say. I mean, you know, the stigma of 
>> this
>> kid did something wrong, and so therefore this kid is flawed. And 
>> spending
>> time with the kids and families has been amazing for me, because these 
>> are
>> really smart people. They've been - these kids have been deprived an
>> education - not all, but most. Hillary is the exception. She has a great
>> education. She narrowly escaped not having that, however. And so, I think
>> that in society we think that if a kid gets into trouble, especially if
>> they're labeled a juvenile delinquent, we think, "They're just a bad kid. 
>> I
>> don't want my kids to be associated with them." I mean, I have two
>> teenagers. So, I used to think that way. I used to think, "Well, that 
>> kid's
>> a troublemaker, gets into trouble. I don't want my kids near that kid,"
>> because I judged that kid as just a bad kid - and the parents, too. 
>> They're
>> all bad.
>>
>> The other thing that I learned is it wasn't just the kids that went 
>> through
>> the trauma. It's the parents, as well. It's the families. The families 
>> have
>> gone through tremendous trauma. So - and often, you know, the kid gets
>> punished for things, in some cases, that the parents are doing, as well. 
>> So,
>> it's a combination of things. But I think all of the families that we
>> followed in this film, even including the ones that didn't make it into 
>> the
>> film, as we followed other stories, as well, will be certainly forever in 
>> my
>> heart. I care about them all.
>> AG: That was Robert May, the director and producer of the new 
>> documentary,
>> "Kids for Cash," and Bob Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile Law
>> Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judge Mark Ciavarella is currently
>> serving a 28-year sentence, and President Judge Michael Conahan is 
>> serving
>> 17 years, for taking $2.6 million from two private prisons. Ciavarella is
>> serving his sentence in Illinois, Conahan in Florida. Both judges spoke 
>> to
>> filmmaker Robert May before they went to jail. In October, the private
>> juvenile detention companies at the heart of the kids-for-cash scandal in
>> Pennsylvania settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million. The film, "Kids 
>> for
>> Cash," is set to open in Philadelphia on Wednesday night at the Kimmel
>> Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. It then opens in theaters
>> nationwide. We'll post details on our website. You can also visit our
>> website for our past coverage of the kids-for-cash scandal. That's
>> democracynow.org.
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>> Inside the Shocking "Kids for Cash" Juvenile Justice Scandal
>> By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
>> 07 February 14
>> oday a special on "kids for cash," the shocking story of how thousands of
>> children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges who received 
>> $2.6
>> million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison
>> facilities. We hear from two of the youth: Charlie Balasavage was sent to
>> juvenile detention after his parents unknowingly bought him a stolen
>> scooter; Hillary Transue was detained for creating a MySpace page mocking
>> her assistant high school principal. They were both 14 years old and were
>> sentenced by the same judge, Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is now in jail
>> himself - serving a 28-year sentence. Balasavage and Transue are featured 
>> in
>> the new documentary, "Kids for Cash," by filmmaker Robert May, who also
>> joins us. In addition, we speak to two mothers: Sandy Fonzo, whose son Ed
>> Kenzakoski committed suicide after being imprisoned for years by Judge
>> Ciavarella, and Hillary's mother, Laurene Transue. Putting their stories
>> into context of the larger scandal is attorney Robert Schwartz, executive
>> director of the Juvenile Law Center. The story is still developing: In
>> October, the private juvenile-detention companies in the scandal settled 
>> a
>> civil lawsuit for $2.5 million.
>> This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
>> Amy Goodman: Today, a special on "kids for cash," the shocking story of 
>> how
>> thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges 
>> who
>> received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison
>> facilities.
>> Hillary Transue: I was known for being the jokester.
>>
>> Sandy Fonzo: Eddie, he was always a fireball.
>>
>> HT: We were talking about how funny it would be if we made a fake MySpace
>> page about my vice principal.
>>
>> Amanda Lorah: I was trying to stay out of trouble. That's when everything
>> started.
>>
>> Mark Ciavarella: Whatever sins you have committed, you can't go back and
>> undo it.
>>
>> Terrie Morgan-Besecker: Ciavarella was a no-nonsense, zero-tolerance 
>> judge.
>> He always jailed kids.
>>
>> MC: You are going to experience prison. I'll be glad to put you there.
>>
>> Unidentified: The way Ciavarella ran the courtroom, you could have had F.
>> Lee Bailey there, and the kids would have gone away.
>>
>> Marsha Levick: There's a mechanism that takes over that keeps kids in 
>> that
>> system.
>>
>> HT: No one listened, because we were kids.
>>
>> U: There was never any instance of guilt or innocence. They were locking 
>> him
>> up.
>>
>> ML: Really high number of kids appearing without counsel.
>>
>> SF: We have no rights. He's in their custody now.
>>
>> U: It is unbelievable. We're talking about children.
>>
>> MC: I wanted them to be scared out of their minds. I don't understand how
>> that was a bad thing.
>>
>> MSNBC Reporter: Former Luzerne County judge faces charges tonight.
>>
>> Gregg Jarrett: In a scandal known as "kids for cash."
>>
>> ABC News Reporter: $2.6 million.
>>
>> Stephen Colbert: In return for sentencing kids to juvenile detention.
>>
>> MC: I've never sent a kid away for a penny. I'm not this mad judge who 
>> was
>> just putting them in shackles, throwing kids away.
>>
>> SF: He went there as a free-spirited kid. He came out a hardened man, I'd
>> say.
>>
>> Laurene Transue: Here I was saying, "We can trust that judge to be fair."
>> And that's not what happened.
>>
>> AL: I was scared every day.
>>
>> Charlie Balasavage: I was only 14. All those years I missed.
>>
>> Al Flora Jr.: This is not a cash-for-kids case.
>>
>> SF: You scumbag! You ruined my life!
>>
>> AL: I still wake up from nightmares.
>> AG: That's the trailer for "Kids for Cash," a new documentary years in 
>> the
>> making, features interviews with the children, with the parents and two
>> judges at the heart of the scandal. The film is set to open in 
>> Philadelphia
>> Wednesday at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
>> Well, on Monday, I spoke to a number of people featured in the film,
>> including Charlie Balasavage and Hillary Transue. They were both 14 years
>> old when they were sentenced to juvenile detention. I began the interview
>> with Hillary Transue and her mother Laurene. Hillary was sent to juvenile
>> detention after she created a MySpace page mocking her assistant high 
>> school
>> principal. Her mother Laurene called the Juvenile Law Center in 
>> Philadelphia
>> for help and sparked an investigation that exposed the kids-for-cash
>> scandal. I asked Hillary how it all began.
>> HT: I believe it was 2007 when I was on the phone with a friend, and we 
>> were
>> just chatting, and I heard a call from the bottom of the stairs. My 
>> mother
>> sounded irate, and she yelled up to me, "Do you know anything about a
>> MySpace page?" And I said, "Yeah, from like months ago."
>>
>> AG: How old were you?
>>
>> HT: I was 15.
>>
>> AG: What was this MySpace page?
>>
>> HT: It was a parody page about my vice principal. A couple of friends and 
>> I
>> decided it would be funny to make fun of the school disciplinarian on the
>> Internet, and so we created this page. And I remember putting a 
>> disclaimer
>> on it, thinking if anybody finds this, at least I can't get in trouble 
>> for
>> it.
>>
>> AG: And you said things like - you talked about her and said, "She spends
>> most of her time reading silly teen magazines, daydreaming about Johnny 
>> Depp
>> in nothing but tighty whiteys. Ooh, la la"?
>>
>> HT: Yes, yes.
>>
>> AG: And so, this was what your mother was yelling up to you about?
>>
>> HT: Yes. I mean, there were comments on there made by other kids that 
>> were
>> not - that were obscene. And I will admit to that. But they were not my
>> comments. I do believe - I think I was held responsible for them because
>> they were on the page. And -
>>
>> AG: So, what happened?
>>
>> HT: Well, I mean, a lot of it is on my mom's end. She was on the phone 
>> with
>> a police officer, and I didn't really understand what was going on.
>>
>> AG: Laurene, can you tell us what happened with this phone call?
>>
>> LT: Sure. The officer called, asked me if Hillary is my daughter. I said,
>> "Yes." He said, "Well, I'm coming down to arrest her for making a MySpace
>> page about her vice principal." So I yelled up to Hillary, "Do you know
>> anything about a MySpace page and your assistant principal?" And she's 
>> like,
>> "Yeah, from like months ago," at which point the officer started 
>> shouting,
>> "I heard her! She confessed! I'm coming down there. I'm arresting her." 
>> And
>> I'm like, "Woah, you're not speaking to my daughter without an attorney. 
>> At
>> least give me time to get an attorney." And he started shouting that 
>> that's
>> how parents like me are: We let our kids off the hook. And because I was
>> getting attorneys involved, he was going to charge her with Internet
>> stalking, abuse of the Internet. He told me that they've been watching my
>> Internet activity and that he was coming down to arrest her. So -
>>
>> AG: What about the lawyer for your daughter?
>>
>> LT: Well, I got off the phone, and I'm like - now I'm thinking, "Where am 
>> I
>> going to find a lawyer at this time of night?" And like, I, you know -
>>
>> AG: What time was it?
>>
>> LT: It was after I had come home from work, so it was in the evening. And 
>> I
>> don't know any lawyers. We're not the kind of folks that have a lawyer on
>> retainer. So I called my mom, and I said, "Do you know an attorney?" And
>> she's like, "Well, I do, but, like, not for this. And you're 
>> overreacting.
>> This sounds like a very simple thing that happened. Call the officer back
>> and try and talk to him. Just, you know, follow the law, be cooperative."
>> I'm like, "OK."
>>
>> So I called the officer back, and he said, "Hey, you keep the lawyers out 
>> of
>> it, and I'll reduce her charges to a misdemeanor of harassment." And I'm
>> like, "Oh, OK, all right, we can do that. Are you still coming down? Can 
>> you
>> wait 'til, you know, I have at least someone here while you arrest her or
>> whatever?" And he said, "Oh, no, I don't have to come down. We'll send 
>> you
>> something in the mail." And then, that was in January, and we didn't hear
>> anything for months. In fact, I kept calling him, saying, "Where - like, 
>> we
>> haven't received anything."
>>
>> AG: So when did you hear, and what happened?
>>
>> LT: We did get a paper in the mail. We had to go to juvenile probation. 
>> We
>> had to do an interview there, bring all of her shot records, birth
>> certificate, all that kind of thing, my financial information. They asked 
>> us
>> some very intimate questions, which was odd.
>>
>> AG: You have no lawyer.
>>
>> LT: No, no lawyer. Again, I was told to keep the lawyer out of it, and
>> everything will go simply. And we asked the probation officer, "What's 
>> going
>> to happen now?" And he said, "Well, it'll probably be probation and 
>> possibly
>> community service." "OK, you know, do we get a lawyer?" Like, "No, no, 
>> no,
>> no. That - you know, we've done the study, you'll go to court, whatever."
>> "OK."
>>
>> So then we went to court, and we walked in, and they had tables set up by
>> last name. And we went to the table there, and they said, "Do you have an
>> attorney with you?" And I said, "No." They said, "Sign here." So now I'm
>> assuming, "Oh, this is where we get a public defender." And so I signed 
>> this
>> blank form and signed - but you also have to understand that there were
>> dozens of other parents there with their children at their last-name 
>> table
>> doing the same exact thing. So I'm like, "OK, this is how it works."
>>
>> Then we went in a big room, and we waited, and we thought the attorneys
>> would meet us there. No one came. They said, "We're going in the 
>> courtroom."
>> We sat right outside the courtroom. No attorneys came. The prosecutor 
>> came
>> out. The assistant principal was there. She gave him a kiss on both 
>> cheeks,
>> asked him how the family was. And he said, "Don't worry about a thing." 
>> And
>> we walked into the courtroom. They said, "This is the case of," and the
>> judge stood up and started screaming at Hillary.
>>
>> AG: The judge was?
>>
>> LT: Mark Ciavarella, former judge.
>>
>> AG: What was he screaming at you, Hillary?
>>
>> HT: The first thing he said to me was: "What makes you think you can do 
>> this
>> kind of crap?" And it was - it was really off-putting. I was there that 
>> day
>> in my mother's clothing, because she insisted that I look nice, and, you
>> know, at 15 years old, I didn't have anything appropriate. And, you know,
>> I'm already uncomfortable, and he started screaming at me, "What makes 
>> you
>> think you can do this kind of crap?" And I was just terrified. I don't - 
>> I
>> have never been before a judge before, and I wasn't expecting to be 
>> screamed
>> at by one. So it definitely was jarring.
>>
>> AG: And what happened?
>>
>> HT: I mean, it took about 30 seconds, so it's hard for me to have exact
>> details, but he said something along the lines of "Adjudicated 
>> delinquent,"
>> which meant nothing to me. And then I remember - I remember my mother's
>> hands leaving my shoulders, and I remember gliding as if in like a 
>> dreamlike
>> sort of state to this back room, where I'm - all I can hear is the sound 
>> of
>> my mother's pleading, her wailing and pleading, and I'm being cuffed. And
>> the bailiff is saying -
>>
>> AG: You're being handcuffed?
>>
>> HT: Yes. And the bailiff says, "Look what you did to your mother." And 
>> it's
>> - just like I said, it's sort of like time stopped, and I began to veer 
>> of
>> to this like parallel universe.
>>
>> AG: Laurene, did you - did the judge hand down a sentence right there?
>>
>> LT: Oh, yes. He said, "Adjudicated delinquent." And he said, "Send her up 
>> to
>> FACT AdDel for her to think about what she's done." And I just started - 
>> I
>> looked at the officer, and I'm like, "But that's not what you said." And 
>> I'm
>> like looking at these people who have said, you know, this - it will be
>> probation, possibly community service. And I'm thinking this is crazy,
>> because I had called a - in Pennsylvania, we have magistrates. And I 
>> asked,
>> you know, "My daughter's been accused with this statute of Pennsylvania
>> law." I said, "As an adult, what would be the maximum sentence?" One 
>> night
>> in jail and up to a $50 fine. So why on earth would think they would take 
>> my
>> daughter, who's never been in trouble? We had no family issues. We were 
>> not
>> involved with the system in any way. Why would I think they would take my
>> daughter away? So, basically, I started, you know, asking him, and then I
>> just started - I became hysterical. This is the best way I can explain 
>> it.
>> And I -
>>
>> AG: You saw your daughter handcuffed?
>>
>> LT: No, she was like - it was very odd, because my hands were on her
>> shoulders, and as soon as he said, "Adjudicated delinquent," I really 
>> didn't
>> hear anything else. I had been a caseworker for 16 years, and I knew 
>> exactly
>> what that meant. So, I turned and was talking to them, and when I turned
>> again, it was like - it was like she had evaporated. She was just gone.
>>
>> AG: I wanted to turn to our other guest in studio right now. Charlie
>> Balasavage, talk about what happened to you. So, Hillary was 15. How old
>> were you when police first came to your house?
>>
>> CB: I was 14.
>>
>> AG: How old are you now?
>>
>> CB: I'm 23.
>>
>> AG: So you're 14 years old, and the police came over.
>>
>> CB: Yes.
>>
>> AG: Why?
>>
>> CB: At first, I thought it would be because I was riding this scooter 
>> around
>> without a helmet on, because, you know - and ended up it wasn't that. It 
>> was
>> that someone had called, reported that scooter stolen.
>>
>> AG: Where did you get the scooter?
>>
>> CB: My parents bought it off of a family member.
>>
>> AG: They bought it for you from a family member?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, they bought it for me. So, my parents weren't home at the time, 
>> so
>> I had to call them. They rushed home, and the cops -
>>
>> AG: The police were there?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, the police were there. The cops arrested all three of us and 
>> took
>> us down to the police station. And we had to write a statement and
>> everything. We told them what happened, that we bought it. And they said,
>> unfortunately, because we didn't have no documentation saying that they
>> bought it from my family member, that they're going to have to charge 
>> with
>> receiving stolen property. And so, they said to my parents, you know, if 
>> I
>> take the charges, maybe I'll get probation, maybe not even, just 
>> community
>> service. So I agreed to it. I was like, "OK, you know, I'll do that,"
>> because otherwise my parents were going to get charged with it.
>>
>> AG: Did you have a lawyer with you?
>>
>> CB: No, no lawyer. This was all the cops' suggestion, too, that I take 
>> the
>> charges, nothing will happen, you know. And so, I was like, "OK." And I
>> ended up having to go into court, and when I went into court, it was the
>> same thing. You walk up to that table. They have that form.
>>
>> AG: Your mom was with you?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, my mom was with me. She signed it. We didn't have a lawyer at 
>> all.
>> We thought also we'd get a public defender. That's not what happened. We
>> walked into the courtroom. We were really in there for maybe a minute. 
>> And
>> the judge already knew what he was going to do with me. I mean -
>>
>> AG: This judge was named?
>>
>> CB: Ciavarella. And I really don't even remember what he - oh, he said,
>> clearly, that I have a behavior problem, because I had a speech 
>> impediment
>> when I was younger, and because of it, I was made fun of a lot in school, 
>> so
>> I had a problem going to school, and he had records of that. So, that was 
>> my
>> big problem. He sentenced me to three months in Camp Adams.
>>
>> AG: Camp Adams?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, Camp Adams.
>>
>> AG: It's called Camp Adams.
>>
>> CB: Yeah, it's like a boot camp, pretty much.
>>
>> AG: Had you ever been detained before?
>>
>> CB: No.
>>
>> AG: Did you know where you were going?
>>
>> CB: No. They shackled me right there in front of my mother and hauled me
>> off.
>>
>> AG: And how long did you serve in jail?
>>
>> CB: It was the three months I had to do in Camp Adams. Then they do a
>> follow-up where I have to go back to court. And when I went back to 
>> court, I
>> ended up having to go to a place called Clearbrook for three months, 
>> because
>> I experimented with marijuana. And I -
>>
>> AG: [Inaudible]
>>
>> CB: Yeah, and I was truthful with them and told them that, yeah, I tried 
>> it
>> before. So, apparently, I had a drug problem at that time, so they made 
>> me
>> do another three months there.
>>
>> AG: When you first went to jail, you talk in the film, ["Kids for Cash"],
>> about having to earn a pillow?
>>
>> CB: Oh, yeah. That was for my first two weeks at Camp Adams. They have 
>> like
>> a system. Your first 30 days there, you're a - it's called like a ranger.
>> You do nothing but like physical training and stuff like that. And yeah,
>> every time I would ask for a pillow, no one would ever get me one. And
>> finally, once I moved past that ranger stage, they moved me to a 
>> different
>> cabin. I finally got a pillow. So -
>>
>> AG: So, ultimately, how long did you serve in prison?
>>
>> CB: Altogether? It was about five years.
>>
>> AG: Five years.
>>
>> CB: Yeah.
>>
>> AG: How did you end up in jail for five years, on and off?
>>
>> CB: Parole - probation violations.
>>
>> AG: So you would get out?
>>
>> CB: Yeah, I would get out. I would not go to school or something, like
>> curfew.
>>
>> AG: How did jail affect you?
>>
>> CB: I mean, I was in there with people that - people that actually belong
>> there, that I've heard things, and, like, I guess I could say I was
>> influenced, I mean, by these people. Even staff would say to me, "What 
>> are
>> you doing here? Why are you here?" And I would say, "I don't know."
>> AG: That was Charlie Balasavage, one of thousands of children convicted 
>> in
>> the kids-for-cash scandal in Pennsylvania. We also heard from Hillary
>> Transue and her mom Laurene. All three are featured in the new 
>> documentary,
>> "Kids for Cash," that's premiering in Philadelphia Wednesday night, 
>> looking
>> at how two judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, took kickbacks 
>> from
>> private prisons. In our next segment, we'll speak with Sandy Fonzo. Her 
>> son
>> Ed is not with her. You'll find out why. We'll be back in a minute.
>> [Break]
>> AG: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. 
>> I'm
>> Amy Goodman. As we continue our special on "kids for cash," the shocking
>> story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two
>> corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of
>> private prison facilities, we return to our conversation with some of the
>> people featured in the new documentary, "Kids for Cash." In this segment, 
>> we
>> continue speaking with Laurene Transue, whose daughter Hillary was 
>> sentenced
>> to juvenile detention for making a MySpace page that mocked her assistant
>> principal. But first we turn to Sandy Fonzo. Her 17-year-old son, Ed
>> Kenzakoski, was sentenced to 30 days in a juvenile boot camp by Judge 
>> Mark
>> Ciavarella. I began by asking Sandy to describe how her son Ed first came 
>> to
>> be arrested.
>> SF: Just a regular, normal, happy life we had. And the summer of his 
>> senior
>> year, what would have been his senior year, he started, you know,
>> experimenting a little, too, and sneaking out of the house at night. I 
>> knew
>> he was drinking. I always - you know, it was just me and him. So when I 
>> did
>> have a problem with him, it was always, you know, "I'm going to call your
>> dad, and your dad's going to come." But now he's, you know -
>>
>> AG: He was a star wrestler?
>>
>> SF: Yeah, star wrestler. I mean, the scouts were all looking at him, many
>> opportunities for scholarships. They were watching him since he was in
>> junior high wrestling for high school. He just had a lot - a lot before 
>> him,
>> you know, a lot of good. You know, he had a girlfriend at the time that 
>> was
>> telling me stuff about him experimenting and, you know, just getting a
>> little bit out of control. I would call his dad, and his dad couldn't do
>> anything anymore. You know, he was this big kid, you know, six-one and 
>> big
>> muscles. He would lift all the time. And not doing anything than any 
>> other -
>> you know, than what I did at 17 years old, either. But he just had so 
>> much
>> to lose.
>>
>> And it got to the point that his dad called one day, and Ed wasn't home. 
>> You
>> know, he was supposed to be home in school, he's supposed to be in 
>> school.
>> And he found out that he was at an underage drinking party. And he had
>> friends that he graduated with that were cops, so he talked to them, and
>> they were going to go in and put some, you know, paraphernalia on him 
>> just
>> to get him caught, get him a slap on the wrist, let him - you know,
>> community service, educational program, anything to let him know what - 
>> you
>> know, he has just too much, too much to lose. And this is his senior 
>> year.
>> He's wrestled since he was four years old. And so, that's what happened.
>> They went and got him, and they took him in. He sat two -
>>
>> AG: They planted drug paraphernalia?
>>
>> SF: Drug paraphernalia, marijuana pipe.
>>
>> AG: In his truck?
>>
>> SF: Yes. And so -
>>
>> AG: A marijuana pipe.
>>
>> SF: Right. And so, you know, I get the call that he's down at the police
>> station. Juvenile court isn't until Tuesday, so for the weekend he had to
>> stay in jail. Tuesday comes along, and now all along, you know, we're
>> talking to the probation people. We're talking, actually, to the judge 
>> also.
>> There was a sit-down in - you know, with these cops and -
>>
>> AG: Judge Ciavarella?
>>
>> SF: Judge Ciavarella, that this was all, you know, in his best interest 
>> just
>> to get him a little slap on the wrist, wise him up, scare him straight. 
>> He's
>> a great kid. He has a great future ahead of him. And yeah, we know. 
>> There's,
>> you know, nothing you have to worry about. We don't need a lawyer - the 
>> same
>> story. You got off the elevator, and they were there. "Do you have a
>> lawyer?" "No, we were told we don't need one." "OK, sign." And that was 
>> it.
>>
>> I don't know. I was just very naive. And, I mean, I was - never in my
>> wildest dreams would I think these people that are supposed to have - you
>> know, they were the professionals. They have your child's interest at 
>> best -
>> best at heart. And these are the people that you trust, and everything's
>> going to be OK. You know, he's going to learn a little lesson, and
>> everything will be fine.
>>
>> And we stood there, and in 30 seconds he was cuffed and shackled and 
>> taken
>> away. And, I mean, that was the worst feeling, seeing him turn and look 
>> at
>> me like, you know, "What's going on?" And there was nothing I can do. 
>> That's
>> frozen into my psyche for the rest of my life, that look that was on his
>> face. They took him to the PA Child Care and said that he would be there
>> until he got this psychological evaluation, which we all know was Judge
>> Conahan's son-in-law, brother-in-law?
>>
>> LT: I think it was son-in-law.
>>
>> SF: Yeah, that was doing these psychological evaluations. Well, it was a
>> whole 30 days -
>>
>> AG: The other judge who ended up being convicted.
>>
>> SF: The president judge that made Judge Ciavarella the juvenile justice
>> judge, yeah. So, he sat in there for 30 days, got his psychological
>> evaluation.
>>
>> AG: Were you able to see him there?
>>
>> SF: Yes, you were allowed on certain days and certain times to go see him
>> and talk to him. And he wanted nothing more. "Mom, I know, you know, this
>> was so stupid. I just want to get back. I've missed so much wrestling
>> practice. This is my senior year." All he wanted to do was get back to
>> school. I had letters from the teachers, letters from the judges - or, 
>> I'm
>> sorry, from the coaches, in lieu of Ed's character, of what a great kid 
>> he
>> was, sent to the judge's chambers. And anyway, we had to go. So, we're 
>> going
>> now for 30 days, you know, and I thought to myself, "OK, you know, this 
>> was
>> good. He sat there. He got his head together. He wants to get back to
>> school. Everything's good."
>>
>> Well, we went and stood back in front of that judge, and he was shackled 
>> and
>> cuffed and taken to a boot camp out in - it was Northwestern Boot 
>> Academy,
>> an hour away from our house, total military. They couldn't speak. They
>> couldn't do anything. They were dressed in military attire. He was with, 
>> you
>> know, people from all over that committed actual - when he would tell me 
>> the
>> crimes that were committed, this is whom my son was in with. They broke 
>> you
>> down, I mean tore you apart, humiliated you. He wouldn't tell me what
>> happened when he was in there.
>>
>> AG: How long was he sent - did Judge Ciavarella -
>>
>> SF: Three months. He went in there for three months. And then, from 
>> there,
>> because Ciavarella said he had a drug problem, then he would have to go 
>> to
>> Clearbrook, which was, you know, a rehabilitation for addictions. By the
>> time my son got there, if he ever did have a problem with drugs or 
>> alcohol,
>> he was never treated, because they said, "This kid has spent so much time
>> already, we can't even keep him." So then he was just released and thrown
>> back out. "Get back your life." No school, because they gave him that 
>> amount
>> of schooling in there, so he never got to go back to his high school, 
>> never
>> got to wrestle. He was a just - he was a mess when he came out of there. 
>> He
>> -
>>
>> AG: Lost all chance of scholarship.
>>
>> SF: He wouldn't talk about what happened in there. He -
>>
>> AG: How long had he been altogether now in jail, prison?
>>
>> SF: Three, four - he was one month there, three months there, and - five
>> months, approximately. But he came out of there a changed person. Like I
>> said, he was a 17-year-old, free-spirited boy, and he came out a hardened
>> man that wouldn't even talk about what in - so, to this day, I don't know
>> what happened to him in there, but he would never talk about it. But he 
>> was
>> just a different person. You know, he - very bottled up, you know, 
>> wouldn't
>> speak, and no respect for the justice system at all. He knew he was 
>> wronged.
>> He knew what was taken away. He lost his little girlfriend while he was 
>> in
>> there. She left him for somebody, you know. He just lost, in that age, at
>> that impressionable age, way too much. He had way too much taken from 
>> him,
>> everything his - everything he had, really.
>>
>> And he ended up getting into a fight while he was still on probation, so 
>> he
>> would have to go in front of Judge Ciavarella again. And now Ciavarella
>> takes him for four months and sends him to his other facility out in the 
>> PA
>> Child Care in western Pennsylvania for four months now - loses his job,
>> loses everything again. The people that worked there couldn't understand 
>> why
>> this almost 20-year-old is doing in this juvenile facility. Nobody
>> understood. But he came out of there, and, I mean, that was it. He ended 
>> up
>> in a fight, which he had to go into - and the fight that he did get into,
>> that we took to adult court, was thrown out. It was just a fight between 
>> two
>> kids. It was nothing. But Ciavarella, you know, four months, he went to 
>> his
>> other facility that they were receiving profit for. And that was it. He 
>> got
>> into the fight. He was sentenced to a state prison for it, and he came 
>> out.
>> He lasted for almost five months, and then - that's it.
>>
>> AG: Then he shot himself.
>>
>> SF: Yeah, in his heart.
>>
>> AG: We're talking to Sandy Fonzo. She is talking about her son, Ed
>> Kenzakoski, who took his own life after an ordeal that lasted years, when 
>> he
>> ended up originally in the court of Judge Ciavarella. In the midst of 
>> what
>> you were saying, Sandy, you said you came to know that Judge Ciavarella 
>> was
>> now being investigated, even though your son Ed would continue to be his
>> victim. That takes us back to Laurene Transue now, because when Hillary 
>> was
>> taken away from you in shackles, you started to investigate the judge
>> yourself. Explain what happened - or at least take some action yourself.
>>
>> LT: Well, so, in the beginning, it was all about my daughter. So I don't
>> know that any of this other stuff is going on. What happened is, when 
>> they
>> finally let me go from the room I was in immediately following the 
>> hearing,
>> they allowed me - actually, they called my husband using my phone. And it
>> was cold, very cold that day for April, and they sat me outside the
>> courthouse in a metal chair and told me I was not allowed to come back 
>> in.
>> So, as I sat there, I'm like, "But I don't - I don't know anything. Like,
>> where is she? Where's my information?" And they handed me a business card
>> from the probation department with a man's first name on the back of it 
>> and
>> told me that that's who I should contact. But I had no idea who that was.
>>
>> So my husband came and picked me up. But you're really in a state of 
>> shock
>> when this happens, because it's so ridiculous, so - just you can't fathom
>> it. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. So that first afternoon, my
>> father, my stepmother came, my mother was calling me. They kept saying to
>> me, "She had to have done something more. There has to be more to this." 
>> And
>> I'm like, there really -
>>
>> AG: More than a MySpace page -
>>
>> LT: Yeah, like - and I'm like, "No, really, like there" -
>>
>> AG: - making fun of her assistant principal.
>>
>> LT: Mm-hmm. I said, "There really is nothing else." And so I just cried 
>> and
>> cried and cried and cried. And finally, my father said to me, "This is 
>> not
>> the" - they call me Laurie in my family. He says, "This is not the Laurie 
>> I
>> know. She wouldn't just sit here and give up." And I'm like, "But, Dad, 
>> this
>> is a judge. Like, what am I going to do?" He goes, "Well, you're going to
>> fight."
>>
>> So I called the name on the back of the card, and it turned out it was a
>> public defender in our county. And he laughed at me when I said, "You 
>> have
>> to file an appeal. This is insane." He goes, "Ciavarella doesn't allow
>> appeals." So, I'm like, "Are you telling me that we can't appeal or just
>> that it's pointless or it's not allowed? Like, what are you saying?" He
>> goes, "Well, it's pointless, but Ciavarella wouldn't even like schedule 
>> it
>> for you." I'm like, "OK." So I called the public defender's office in
>> Harrisburg. Pennsylvania is a commonwealth, so things run a little bit
>> differently in a commonwealth. I called the public defender's office -
>>
>> AG: In the capital, Harrisburg.
>>
>> LT: In the capital. And they told me, "Well, no, of course juveniles can
>> have appeals, but we're not getting involved in a county matter. OK, so I
>> called the governor's action line. And they were like, "Oh, we'll - you
>> know, we'll make note of this." I said, "Well, who else can I call?" "Try
>> the ACLU."
>>
>> So I called the ACLU. I explained the situation. They said, "Absolutely, 
>> you
>> have a case here. She had a right to put whatever she wants on MySpace,
>> especially a parody. And she put a disclaimer that that's what it is. And
>> we'd be happy to take that case, but we're not going to get involved in 
>> this
>> county placement thing and custody." And I'm like, "But now what do I 
>> do?"
>> "Well, we have some other numbers," one of which was a woman at Rutgers 
>> in
>> New Jersey. So I was like, "OK, I'm a Jersey girl. Maybe I'll get lucky
>> there." So I called there, and the woman was so sympathetic, and she 
>> said,
>> "Listen, I know somebody. A friend of mine works at Juvenile Law Center 
>> in
>> Philadelphia, and since you're in Pennsylvania, maybe they can help you."
>>
>> So I called Juvenile Law Center, and I kind of gave them the information.
>> And the person I spoke to, his name was Laval, and he was very, very
>> soft-spoken, not excitable at all. So I didn't know how to read him. And 
>> he
>> said that he would check with Marsha Levick, who was the head of the
>> Juvenile Law Center, and find out if they could take Hillary's case. So I
>> said, "OK." And he would call me back. Well, the next day, he hadn't 
>> called
>> back, and so my father said, "You give me that number," and he called 
>> them.
>>
>> The next thing I know, they were calling me, saying, yes, they were 
>> willing
>> to take the case, but not for me. They would not be my attorney. They
>> represent children, and they would represent Hillary as long as I was
>> agreeable and Hillary was agreeable. Would I - would it be OK if they met
>> with her? I'm like, "Yeah, absolutely." And I said, "Listen, just let me
>> know how much I have to pay, because, like, I do have a house. I don't 
>> have
>> much equity, but I can get some loans and get some money together." And
>> they're like, "No, I don't think you understand. We're here for children. 
>> We
>> want to help your daughter. Don't worry about any of that." I said, "OK." 
>> So
>> they went and saw Hillary. And for the first time, we had hope. I still
>> couldn't see her for three weeks. I was allowed a one-minute phone call.
>>
>> AG: You could not see your 15-year-old daughter for three weeks?
>>
>> LT: No, no.
>>
>> AG: One minute? Sixty seconds?
>>
>> LT: Yes, that first phone call was the two of us sobbing, hysterical, 
>> both
>> apologizing to the other. It was a conversation of "I'm sorry," "No, I'm
>> sorry, Mom," "No, Hillary, it's my fault. I'm so sorry." That was our one
>> minute, and then it was over. And then the next week, I think we got five
>> minutes, and the next week was eight minutes.
>>
>> HT: I think it was just eight minutes.
>>
>> LT: But somebody is there listening, and if she started to talk about
>> anything to do with a lawyer and getting out of there, they cut her off.
>>
>> AG: I want to fast-forward to 2011. Judge Ciavarella is charged, tried 
>> and
>> convicted. It's eight years after Sandy Fonzo's son first was confronted 
>> by
>> the judge and sent away. And so, after Judge Ciavarella is convicted, 
>> Sandy
>> Fonzo, who has now lost her son, Ed Kenzakoski - he shot himself in the
>> heart - she confronts the judge.
>> AFJ: This is not a cash-for-kids case, and we hope somebody starts 
>> getting
>> the message.
>> SF: Oh, it wasn't? Because my kid's not here anymore! My kids not here! 
>> He's
>> dead! Because of him! He ruined my [bleep] life! I'd like him to go to 
>> hell
>> and rot there forever!
>> Security Guard: Ma'am, come on.
>> SF: No! You know what he told everybody in court? They need to be held
>> accountable for their actions. You need to be! Do you remember me? Do you
>> remember me? Do you remember my son? An all-star wrestler? He's gone! He
>> shot himself in the heart! You scumbag!
>> AG: Talk about that, Sandy. What happened? You were there for his trial?
>>
>> SF: I planned on being, and then when it came up, I couldn't get myself 
>> to
>> go and sit there and look at him and hear the lies. And I kept myself 
>> away
>> until the day of the guilty - you know, when he was found guilty, I 
>> wanted
>> to be there. I was actually working, and I kept getting messages from
>> everybody that he's found guilty of this, he's found guilty of that, you
>> know, and I'm having a panic attack. And they're going to take him. 
>> They're
>> going to shackle him, and they're going to take him, and he's going away
>> today. So, every - I was a mess by now, an emotional train wreck. And
>> everybody at work was like, "Go." I just wanted to be there. I wanted to 
>> see
>> him come out of there in shackles, and I wanted to see him go away.
>>
>> And I don't know how, I got myself there. Somehow I drove myself there.
>> Nobody knew I was there. And I - everybody thought I was at work. I don't
>> remember the ride at all. I just ended up there. And I heard - while I'm
>> standing out there, I learned that he is not - he's going to be released 
>> to
>> his daughter's - I don't know -
>>
>> AG: Custody.
>>
>> SF: Custody, and that he won't be going to jail. So, you know, I just 
>> lost
>> all hope again. You know, it's always - it always seems like you're just 
>> let
>> down all the time. And they were going to do a press release, and he was
>> coming out with his lawyer, Al Flora.
>>
>> AG: To do a press conference -
>>
>> SF: Right.
>>
>> AG: - on the steps of the courthouse.
>>
>> SF: On the steps of the courthouse. So when he was coming, I just went 
>> with
>> all the media and everybody that was there. And I was just there, and I 
>> had
>> no idea. But when, you know, they started, "Yeah, this was not 'kids for
>> cash,'" I just lost it. I don't remember what I said. I don't remember 
>> what
>> came out of my mouth. All I know is that all I remember is being, you 
>> know,
>> taken across the street after that, and that's all I remember.
>> AG: That was Sandy Fonzo. Her son, Ed Kenzakoski, committed suicide after
>> years in and out of jail. He was first sentenced at the age of 17 by 
>> Judge
>> Mark Ciavarella. When we come back, we'll speak with a lawyer who helped
>> hold the judges accountable and the director of the new film that tells 
>> the
>> story, "Kids for Cash." Stay with us.
>> [Break]
>> AG: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. 
>> I'm
>> Amy Goodman. Today we're spending the hour looking at the kids-for-cash
>> scandal, the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania
>> were jailed by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the 
>> builders
>> and owners of private prisons, PA Child Care in Pittston Township and its
>> sister company, Western PA Child Care in Butler County, Pennsylvania. 
>> Let's
>> turn to an excerpt of the new documentary, "Kids for Cash." This clip
>> features one of the jailed children, Amanda Lorah.
>> AL: I was in eighth grade. I was 13. Me and this girl, we used to be
>> friends. She was sitting back, calling me a slut and a whore, and "I 
>> can't
>> stand you," because we weren't friends anymore. So I threw a volleyball 
>> at
>> her. Then, when she walked past me, she did one of those hair kind of 
>> flips
>> in my face. And then, I had - it meant it was over. We ended up fighting.
>> They took me to the office, with the police officer, called my father, 
>> told
>> him to come get his "crazy daughter out of their school. She's starting
>> trouble."
>>
>> Terry Lorah: Your kid was locked up for slapping a girl. It shouldn't 
>> have
>> never went any farther than the local magistrate, if the school wasn't
>> satisfied with suspending her for three days - not out to a juvenile 
>> judge.
>> And then to find out it was all from greed.
>>
>> AL: This lady, she pulled my dad back, and she grabbed my arm. And she's
>> like, "Come with me."
>> AG: That's a clip from the new film, "Kids for Cash." The film's director
>> and producer, Robert May, joins us now. His past films include "The War
>> Tapes," "The Station Agent" and the Oscar-winning "Fog of War."
>> We're also joined by Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile 
>> Law
>> Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began by criticizing the legal
>> community for failing to stop the kids-for-cash scandal.
>> Robert Schwartz: There was a whole legal community passing through that
>> courtroom who did nothing over a five-year period. The public defender 
>> did
>> nothing. In fact, later investigations showed that they just didn't want 
>> to
>> take on more cases, and they certainly didn't want to take on Judge
>> Ciavarella. The private bar was in the room. They did nothing. The
>> prosecutors were there for every case. They saw kids being shackled and
>> dragged out of courtrooms.
>>
>> AG: Now, a lot of people say, "Well, they're the prosecutor."
>>
>> RS: Well, but they have an ethical obligation to see that justice is 
>> done.
>> That's in the Code of Professional Responsibility. And they failed that
>> code, as well. Probation officers saw that kids were being dragged out of
>> the courtroom for really minor stuff. While the rest of the country was
>> moving towards a treat-kids-in-the-community, de-incarcerate this 
>> juvenile
>> justice system, in Judge Ciavarella's court it was exactly the opposite. 
>> It
>> was: Send kids away. And one after the other was sent away.
>>
>> AG: So, you already felt that the judges - this judge was guilty for 
>> sending
>> away so many kids. We're talking thousands of kids.
>>
>> RS: We knew that he had violated the rights of hundreds and hundreds of 
>> kids
>> at the time we did our initial investigation. In the spring of 2008, we
>> filed an application with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, asking them to
>> reverse all of these adjudications of delinquency, these findings of 
>> guilt,
>> and erase the kids' records. We asked them to exercise what we call the
>> court's King's Bench jurisdiction. It would enable them to act even 
>> though
>> the time for appeal had lapsed.
>>
>> After we filed that petition, the FBI called our chief counsel, Marsha
>> Levick, and asked what did we know. Unbeknownst to us, they had started 
>> an
>> investigation of their own of Judge Conahan, the former president judge 
>> of
>> Luzerne County, because of his connections with organized crime. So, 
>> there
>> were a couple of threads happening at the same time that intersected and
>> finally came to the public - public light in January of 2009, when the 
>> U.S.
>> attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued the bills of
>> information with some preliminary guilty pleas for Judge Ciavarella and
>> Judge Conahan.
>>
>> AG: And explain what Ciavarella was charged with and this whole issue of
>> "kids for cash."
>>
>> RS: Judge Ciavarella was charged with theft of unlawful services - theft 
>> of
>> lawful services - you know, the theft makes it unlawful - wire fraud, tax
>> evasion. And the original bill of information that he and Conahan signed
>> also spoke about a quid pro quo, that he was taking money to have kids
>> locked up. But what we did know for sure was that he had taken money, or 
>> was
>> charged with taking money and agreed in the original plea agreements, 
>> from
>> the contractor who built a new detention center in Luzerne County and 
>> from
>> one of the owners of the for-profit facility that was subsequently built.
>>
>> AG: Which brings us to Robert May, the director and producer of this new
>> documentary, "Kids for Cash." His past films include "The War Tapes" and 
>> the
>> Oscar-winning "Fog of War." You did something very unusual. You not only
>> began over the next years to capture the stories of the families, of the
>> parents and the kids who were sent away, but you also managed to talk to
>> both judges who were convicted, but you did it well before they were
>> convicted. Explain.
>>
>> Robert May: Well, you know, we initially said, look, we're not going to 
>> do
>> this movie unless we can get access to both the villain and the victim,
>> because it would just become another story with a sort of one-dimensional
>> story. And the kids' story seemed so obvious, and that there had to be 
>> more
>> to the story. And we wanted to understand more what that would be.
>>
>> AG: So how did you get these judges to talk?
>>
>> RM: Well, it took some time, because I didn't know them at all and never 
>> met
>> them before. And once I figured out how to meet with Judge Ciavarella, 
>> the
>> pitch was actually quite simple. I said to him, I said, "I think there's
>> sort of a one-dimensional story that is being portrayed, primarily by the
>> media, that you are the kids-for-cash judge. You took money to send kids
>> away. You traded kids for cash. That's it. That's what I see. That's what 
>> I
>> read. That's all I see. I assume there's another side to this story."
>>
>> AG: Let me go to a clip from your film, from "Kids for Cash," of former
>> judge Mark Ciavarella.
>> MC: I have not told my attorney that I agreed to do this documentary. And
>> maybe me doing what I'm doing is going to come back to hurt me, but I 
>> felt
>> this was an opportunity for me to let people know what really happened. 
>> I'm
>> not this mad judge who was just throwing kids away and shipping them out 
>> and
>> locking them up and putting them in shackles. No one would ever look at 
>> the
>> whole picture. They only wanted to look at a little bit of the picture. 
>> All
>> the media ever focused on was "cash for kids." If that was something that
>> the feds wanted to charge us with, then bring the charges, and we'll go 
>> to
>> trial.
>> AG: So there is Judge Mark Ciavarella. Robert May, explain these
>> conversations you had with him over a period of years. He says it wasn't
>> "kids for cash."
>>
>> RM: Right. He - we wanted to follow the active story here, literally, and
>> follow him and the other judge through the prosecution, what was all 
>> going
>> to happen. And our interview process is long. It takes a long time, and
>> they're very conversational. And we covered all sorts of things, from, 
>> you
>> know, the time of the judges' earliest memories all the way through the
>> prosecution. And so, I think we developed a level of trust where he just
>> started talking to us about all of it, and in great detail.
>>
>> AG: And Judge Michael Conahan, why did he decide to do this? And what 
>> about
>> the relationship between these two judges? He was the so-called president
>> judge?
>>
>> RM: That's right. Right. Well, Michael Conahan, when he was - when he was
>> judge, you know, he really was - had an immense power. He really did. And 
>> he
>> was also a judge that never gave a comment to the media. He just never 
>> spoke
>> to the media. So it was very unusual for us to get him, really. But he, 
>> too,
>> felt that the story was portrayed as one-sided, and he wanted to take the
>> opportunity to, you know, share his side of the story.
>>
>> AG: This goes to the issue of zero-tolerance policy.
>>
>> RS: Right.
>>
>> AG: Talk about the reconsideration of that, where it's being 
>> reconsidered,
>> where it isn't, even up to President Obama.
>>
>> RS: Right, that's a great question. Zero-tolerance policy came into favor 
>> in
>> the 1990s. Even 20 years ago, Congress passed the Gun-Free Schools Act to
>> keep guns out of school, but school districts went much farther. They 
>> were
>> expelling kids for very, very little. After Columbine in 1999, it got 
>> even
>> worse, not in terms of legitimately dealing with the gun issue, but
>> illegitimately dealing with trivial offenses in school, so administrators
>> could get rid of kids that they didn't want in the classroom.
>>
>> There's been a gradual backlash over the last five to 10 years, and this
>> story is part of that backlash. Parents' advocates, children's lawyers, 
>> the
>> Dignity in Schools Campaign and many of our colleagues have worked to 
>> undo
>> really quite silly zero-tolerance policies. And in early January, the 
>> Civil
>> Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the Department of 
>> Education
>> in Washington, the federal agencies, issued guidance to the 15,000 or so
>> school districts in the United States, saying, "You really have to be
>> careful, because zero-tolerance policies are being applied incorrectly,
>> without fairness, with implications for racial and ethnic disparities in 
>> our
>> systems, in ways that are really hurting kids." And for the first time, 
>> we
>> have the federal government saying, "Slow down. What seemed reasonable 20
>> years ago, in practice, has turned out to be remarkably unreasonable and
>> unfair to children and to families and to community."
>>
>> AG: Robert May, what were you most surprised by in making this film? And
>> this has taken you years to make.
>>
>> RM: I was most surprised by the fortitude of the families and the kids, 
>> and
>> how smart they really are, the families and the kids. And, you know, 
>> these
>> are families, I think, that Judge Ciavarella judged as - you know, as not
>> worthy or something. It's hard to say. I mean, you know, the stigma of 
>> this
>> kid did something wrong, and so therefore this kid is flawed. And 
>> spending
>> time with the kids and families has been amazing for me, because these 
>> are
>> really smart people. They've been - these kids have been deprived an
>> education - not all, but most. Hillary is the exception. She has a great
>> education. She narrowly escaped not having that, however. And so, I think
>> that in society we think that if a kid gets into trouble, especially if
>> they're labeled a juvenile delinquent, we think, "They're just a bad kid. 
>> I
>> don't want my kids to be associated with them." I mean, I have two
>> teenagers. So, I used to think that way. I used to think, "Well, that 
>> kid's
>> a troublemaker, gets into trouble. I don't want my kids near that kid,"
>> because I judged that kid as just a bad kid - and the parents, too. 
>> They're
>> all bad.
>>
>> The other thing that I learned is it wasn't just the kids that went 
>> through
>> the trauma. It's the parents, as well. It's the families. The families 
>> have
>> gone through tremendous trauma. So - and often, you know, the kid gets
>> punished for things, in some cases, that the parents are doing, as well. 
>> So,
>> it's a combination of things. But I think all of the families that we
>> followed in this film, even including the ones that didn't make it into 
>> the
>> film, as we followed other stories, as well, will be certainly forever in 
>> my
>> heart. I care about them all.
>> AG: That was Robert May, the director and producer of the new 
>> documentary,
>> "Kids for Cash," and Bob Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile Law
>> Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judge Mark Ciavarella is currently
>> serving a 28-year sentence, and President Judge Michael Conahan is 
>> serving
>> 17 years, for taking $2.6 million from two private prisons. Ciavarella is
>> serving his sentence in Illinois, Conahan in Florida. Both judges spoke 
>> to
>> filmmaker Robert May before they went to jail. In October, the private
>> juvenile detention companies at the heart of the kids-for-cash scandal in
>> Pennsylvania settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million. The film, "Kids 
>> for
>> Cash," is set to open in Philadelphia on Wednesday night at the Kimmel
>> Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. It then opens in theaters
>> nationwide. We'll post details on our website. You can also visit our
>> website for our past coverage of the kids-for-cash scandal. That's
>> democracynow.org.
>>
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