By Zack Needles
Of the Legal Staff
The news comes less than two weeks after Conahan's alleged co-conspirator and fellow former Luzerne County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark A. Ciavarella was sentenced to 28 years in prison following his convictions on 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.
Conahan (pictured above), who faced an equally damning indictment, opted to plead guilty last year to one racketeering charge in relation to the alleged crimes.
U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said following Ciavarella's Aug. 11 sentencing hearing that no one should underestimate the "major role" Conahan played in the scandal.
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