The judge involved in the Cash for Kids conspiracy in Luzerne County got an earful today.
Ciavarella was found guilty, Friday, of 12 of 39 counts of corruption filed against him, including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, honest services mail fraud, money laundering conspiracy and a host of tax fraud charges. He was, however, cleared of extortion, bribery and honest services wire fraud charges.
The former judge, who has been released on a $1 million unsecured bond, left the courtroom smiling but met with an awkward situation when Sandy Fonzo, the mother of one of the teenage offenders he had sentenced, burst out and blamed him for ruining her son’s life.
“My kid’s not here anymore!” Fonzo screamed at Ciavarella in the presence of dozens of people. “He’s dead! Because of him! He ruined my **** life! I’d like him to go to hell and rot there forever! 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!”