Harlow Cuadra and Justice from A Racketeering Enterprise

November 24, 2009 in Freak Show Trial by Freak-Show-Trial

Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court overturned a $3.5 million civil judgment in the county, based partly on allegations that the case’s assignment to one of the indicted judges was rigged. In a superseding indictment filed against the two former judges in September, the Luzerne County Common Pleas Court was even described as a criminal enterprise under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. More is yet to come as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a team of FBI agents continue an intensive probe. Philly.com

The above quote is from an opinion at Philly.com by former federal prosecutor Peter Vaira in which he advocates for The Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas being turned over to a Trusteeship.

How do you get Justice from a Criminal Racketeering Enterpise? THE ANSWER is that you don’t. There is no way that any SANE group of Judges on an appellate court could examine any criminal conviction that came out of Luzerne County and conclude that, in spite of the wide spread unchecked corruption in Luzerne County, that ANYONE could have obtained a fair trail before a fair and impartial tribunal.

With respect to Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes:

1. The Lawyers in Luzerne County’s Conflict Counsel Pool who were assigned to represent Cuadra and Kerekes were either unilaterally appointed by Judge Michael Conahan or Judge Mark Ciavarella. Both Conahan and Ciavarella have been charged in Federal Court with operating a racketeering enterprise.

2. Judges Conahan and Ciavarella were the President Judges during the prosecutions of Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes and they made decisions on what attorneys would be assigned to represent Cuadra and Kerekes as well as administrative decisions on evidence and the scheduling of discovery and trials for Cuadra and Kerekes.

3. Attorney Al Flora, Jr, the second in command of Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office, represented Bryan Kocis’ Family prior to the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office being assigned to represent Cuadra.

4. The Luzerne County DA’s Office was a party to Bryan Kocis 2002 Guilty Plea, the correction to that guilty plea AND, The Luzerne County DA’s Office was the Prosecuting party in the Kids-for-Cash Scandal.

Clearly, the people who sided with Luzerne County, Judge Olszewski and The Luzerne County DA’s Office picked The Wrong Horse.