Feds Turn Their Sights on Third Pa. Judge as Part of Corruption Probe

, The Legal Intelligencer

Federal authorities are looking at Judge Michael Toole as part of their investigation into alleged corruption at the Luzerne County Courthouse, sources confirm. The investigation appears to stem from an allegation that Toole may have gotten a payment from attorney Robert Powell. Feds have previously charged that former Judges Mark Ciavarella Jr. and Michael Conahan accepted more than $2.6 million in kickbacks from Powell and another source while Powell was one of the owners of a private juvenile detention facility.

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