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Quick Picks: Ex-Sen Lobbies for Chems and Kids Sent to Slammer for Cash

Feb. 13:This post has been corrected.

Quick Picks focuses on a select few of the day's stories from "Breaking on the Web."

  • Two Pennsylvania judges pleaded guilty to fraud yesterday after being charged with taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to private youth detention centers, reports the New York Times. Prosecutors say one judge secured the contracts for the for-profit detention centers while the other steered them business by sentencing an estimated 5,000 juveniles there since 2003. The latter denied sending kids to prison for money.

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Correction, Feb. 13, 2009: This post originally identified the subject of the Mother Jones article as Sen. Byron Dorgan. It was actually former Sen. Richard Bryan.

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