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Kids For Cash -- Judges Sold Children For Profit

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This weekend a new documentary called Kids For Cash, The Movie opens nationwide. It contains some very startling revelations about justice, children and dirty judges who sold them for profit. For many of us, this shocking story will seem surreal. Imagine you're a parent and your child is accused of a prank or joke. Not a real crime. Here's what happened in Pennsylvania, according to the NY Times:

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Things were different in the Luzerne County juvenile courtroom, and everyone knew it. Proceedings on average took less than two minutes. Detention center workers were told in advance how many juveniles to expect at the end of each day — even before hearings to determine their innocence or guilt. Lawyers told families not to bother hiring them. They would not be allowed to speak anyway.

Why and how would a judge be allowed this shadow justice -- this attack against innocent kids or ones whose crime in any other jurisdiction would result in probation or a scolding? Money!

In what authorities are calling the biggest legal scandal in state history, the two judges [ Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Judge Michael T. Conahan] pleaded guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud in a scheme that involved sending thousands of juveniles to two private detention centers in exchange for $2.6 million in kickbacks.

The root of this evil, of course are the perpetrators, the two judges. But what's behind this all is the justice system, one that rewards the incarceration of men, women and children. These REWARDS are paid by... private detention centers. That's right. The private profit-making jails. These corporate-run cesspools are allowed to exist under lighter and less supervised oversight than state-run facilities. Hellholes fraught with unbridled horrors and torture. These Gitmo-like facilities make their highest profits when they run at full capacity. And how best to keep the occupancy rate high? Offer kickbacks to judges who will turn their backs on justice. In essence, this is legalized slavery and the slave sellers are men and women in black robes.

Rev. Al Sharpton had a woman and her daughter on his show who together helped break this scheme wide open. Here's a piece from that interview on Politics Nation that will open your eyes and perhaps even turn your stomach.

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Wednesday Links

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Wednesday Links from The Political Carnival
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Goodbye to All That - Why I Left the Academic Life

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FBI Arrests Georgia Militia Terrorists Attempting to Buy Bombs to Attack Feds (Updated)

Mississippi House passes sales tax holiday for guns

Credit Suisse 'aided' US tax evaders

Amanda Knox's ex finds her behavior odd, as appeals case looms

Baltimore County police investigating videotaped arrest incident

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Stephen Baldwin charged with failing to pay state taxes for 3 years

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Here's a 2008 clip of Baldwin threatening to leave the country if "Barack" gets nominated.

Yes that Stephen Baldwin, the conservative, the radio show host, and the brother of Alec. Wiki:

In 2007, Baldwin endorsed Sam Brownback for President.[27] After Brownback left the race, Baldwin switched his support to Mike Huckabee.[28] Baldwin was a strong supporter of the McCainPalin presidential ticket after Huckabee dropped out of the 2008 presidential race.

He claims he's not guilty of cheating on his taxes. Of course he does:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Actor Stephen Baldwin was charged Thursday with failing to pay New York state taxes for three years, amassing a $350,000 debt.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Baldwin, of Upper Grandview, skipped his taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010. [...]

A bankruptcy filing in 2009 said Stephen Baldwin owed $1.2 million on two mortgages, $1 million in taxes and $70,000 on credit cards.

He could face up to four years in prison if convicted, and will be back in court in early February. Back in October, he pleaded guilty to driving without a license. What a fun person! What stellar judgment!

Aren't conservatives the ones who believe in respecting the rule of law? GOP hypocrisy rides again!

More details at the link.

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Nancy Pelosi: 'It Is A Fact' That Somebody Told Harry Reid About Romney Not Paying Taxes

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Love it! Keep it humming along there folks, no let up. Plus you gotta love the dig with the "Who?".

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fired back at Republicans accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of lying about a Bain Capital investor telling him that Mitt Romney hadn't paid taxes in 10 years. They don’t know what they're talking about, Pelosi says.

"Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him. It is a fact," Pelosi told The Huffington Post in a Sunday interview. "Whether he did or not can easily be disposed of: Mitt Romney can release his tax returns and show whether he paid taxes."

Both Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus came out swinging against Reid on Sunday over his claims about Romney potentially not paying taxes. Asked to respond to Priebus calling Reid "a dirty liar" over the situation, Pelosi initially responded, "Who?" She went on to say that Priebus doesn't know what he's talking about since he wasn't part of Reid's conversations.

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Cartoons of the Day- Romney's Taxes

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Video- Republican Strategist Ed Rollins on Fox: Romney Should Release More Tax Returns

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I hear off in the distance, "Abandon ship!" Via DemRapidResponse.

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Cartoons of the Day- Romney's Taxes Still Missing

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