Kids For Cash Movie Opens Nationwide

- Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County - People who have watched the movie "Kids For Cash" are saying it's a must-see.  The documentary opened to the public Friday on the silver screen. 

Susan Morgans doesn't have to see the "Kids For Cash" movie to know what happened, she lived through it.  Morgans says "the kids have a voice and that is the most important thing.  I was at the trial and it seemed like the kids voices were lost." The mother of a victim, Morgans adds "in two minutes she was shackled and dragged out of the courtroom and he asked her if she had any words to say, if she wanted to speak, and he said if you say one word, I'll add three more months."  She just hopes the movie can give her daughter some kind of closure from what she calls the worst nightmare their family has ever been through, saying "It took a lot to get my daughter to be able to sit here tonight and I am hoping closure for her, some healing for her."

Friday, the documentary opened to the public at select theater across the country.  After Kim Krakauski saw it she said "it was very emotional."  Those from Luzerne County who went to see it say it's shocking.  "When the boy committed suicide, oh my god, that was heartbreaking.  I can't imagine that," adds Krakauski.  Terrisa Dorr also saw the flick and says "a lot of the kids didn't do stuff that had to go to court.  It was all stuff that I did as a teenager and I didn't go to court and it could have been handled with suspensions.  I also don't think the judge got enough time."

The audience hears from the victims, their, parents, and the two judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, who are serving time in federal prison.  Fred Murray was outraged after seeing the documentary saying "not only did they disgrace this county, the people that lived here trusted those.  They put their hand on the Bible and took an oath and they destroyed it."  Some people left with a sense of closure, others a sense of rage.  "They should have taken those judges and hanged them, right like they did over in London. They would hang them right in front of the courthouse for what they did," says Murray.

Theater employees say tickets sales have been "very good."  There will 4 showings on Saturday and 4 on Sunday at this particular theater.  Check online for other showings.    

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The Kids for Cash scandal that rocked the foundation of Luzerne County's Judicial system will now be exposed to a worldwide audience when the Kids For Cash Movie is shown in theatres--It documents the corrupt actions of former Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan who accepted millions of dollars in kickbacks in exchange for sending juveniles to private detention centers--both Judges are serving long prison terms-- Hillary Transue was sent away for a very minor offense and tells her story in the movie--she told this reporter--"The emotional trauma will be with me for the rest of my life-I juggle being an ambitious 22 year old Grad school student who is also an ex-con-" 

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