On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln's issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It promised freedom to all slaves once the North was victorious in the Civil War.
On December 6, 1865 The Thirteenth Amendment of the US Constitution was ratified officially abolishing slavery. This forced any slave owners who had resisted abolition up to this point to free the remaining slaves in Kentucky. The last of the slaves were finally free.
Unfortunately a Pennsylvania judge had taken it upon himself to single handedly revive slavery almost 148 years after the 13th amendment was ratified.
Disgraced Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for conspiring with private prisons to sentence juvenile offenders to maximum sentences for bribes and kickbacks which totaled millions of dollars. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution.
In the private prison industry the more time an inmate spends in a facility, the more of a profit is reaped from the state. Ciavearella was a figurehead in a conspiracy in the state of Pennsylvania which saw thousands of young men and women unjustly punished and penalized in the name of corporate profit.
Ciavearella's cases from 2003-2008 were reviewed by a special investigative panel and later by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and it was found that upwards of 5,000 young men and women were denied their constitutional rights, and therefore all of their convictions were dismissed and were summarily released.
During his sentencing Ciavarella was defiant, claiming he had broken no laws and claimed the money he received was a legitimate 'finder's fee.' Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Zubrod said comments such as these were typical of Ciavarella. He then went on to say,
"I think that's his way of doing things. Never retreat. Always go on the attack. Always blame somebody else. Always get them to back off. He tried it with the judge. It didn't work."
He actually had the nerve to call a kick back, or a pay off, a finders fee, and he isn't even man enough to acknowledge the fact that he is nothing more than a flesh peddler. A modern day slave trader who is not only a disgrace to the very law that he has sworn to uphold, but a spineless coward who's attitude is reminiscent of the evil slave master's who's legacy has left an everlasting impression on the entire world. A legacy so ingrained in our culture that the effects are manifested in actions like Ciavarella's
The only difference is, in 2013 exploiting human beings for a profit just doesn't pay.