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David Senoff weighs in on judge's decision to keep "Kids-for-Cash" victims' records closed

Court records for juveniles who were sent to a detention centers in Luzerne County in the "kids for cash" scandal will stay closed, according to a federal judge. In 2009, the detention centers agreed to a protective order that limited the discovery documents that may be exposed. The records were expunged after two judges were sent to jail. The detention centers-Mid-Atlantic Youth Services, PA Child Care, and Western PA Child Care-asked the court to allow them to show the records that were sanctioned to the parties during an informal setting, rather than through the deposition process.

The opinion is significant, according to Attorney David Senoff of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman. Senoff says that discovery standards in federal court are broad and that the judge didn't modify the protective order to ease that process for the detention centers. Senoff said that the judge's opinion "takes away the blame-the-victim mentality that has permeated this case for a while." A link to the article can be found by clicking here

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