Tag Archives: judicial reform

Occupy for Justice rally held on Luzerne County Courthouse steps

The third in a series of local judicial reform rallies, the “Occupy for Justice” event of July 17 drew participants to the south-side, main steps of the Luzerne County Courthouse. Pennsylvania District Eleven Congressional candidate Andy Ostrowski was the featured speaker, as he worked in conjunction with civil rights icon Jesse Epps and his America Rebirth Tour (A.R.T.) team to make the gathering a reality.

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Custody for Cash: Shred ALL

In a phone interview that week, Browning clarified that the county intends to transfer all files to an electronic database; however, that program is “in its infancy,” he said. Browning further explained that while some files are shredded “in-house,” that decision depends on the size of the file and the amount of shredding required. According to Browning, all files are stored in a 1,000-square-foot room in the CYS office on the 4th floor of the Spruce Street Annex building. He also stated that nothing is to be shredded before it reaches the five-year storage mark.

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Custody for Cash: Disapp(H)earing acts

As the Custody for Cash saga continues and new information is brought forth, the Independent Gazette has discovered yet another issue worth investigating within the family court system. According to several sources, docket listings — and even entire dockets — are often incomplete or inaccurate. Items often vanish from the record, and even the records themselves seem to disappear.

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April 26 Rally for Judicial Reform planned for Scranton

In light of published reports in local papers, national rulings taking place in family courts throughout the country, the recent film release of Kids for Cash, and the April 16 sentencing of admitted felon and former Lackawanna County Guardian Ad Litem Danielle Ross to 12 months in prison, the time is now to raise awareness of the need for judicial reform, according to rally co-organizer, Tara Koval.

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