Federal Judge who presided over ‘Kids for Cash’ case dies


(WBRE/WYOU) — A retired federal judge who presided over the notorious ‘Kids for Cash’ case and many others has died.

Edwin Kosik died Thursday at the age of 94 after a brief illness.

Kosik was an Army Veteran who fought in World War II. He was appointed to the Federal Bench in 1986 by President Ronal Regan.

One of the biggest cases the judge presided over was the ‘Kids for Cash’ case. He sent former Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan to prison for getting kickbacks in exchange for sending kids to youth detention centers.

Kosik retired from working at the Federal Courthouse in Scranton two years ago.

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