The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned likely hundreds of juvenile convictions issued by a corrupt judge.
The high court on Thursday voided the convictions of many youth offenders who appeared before former Luzerne (loo-ZURN') County Judge Mark Ciavarella (shiv-uh-REL'-uh) from 2003 to 2008.
Federal prosecutors charged Ciavarella and another judge with taking $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in private lockups.
The judges pleaded guilty to fraud last month and face sentences of more than seven years in prison.
The juveniles whose records were expunged were low-level offenders who appeared in Ciavarella's courtroom without lawyers.