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MOTHER CONFRONTS JUDGE OVER 'CASH FOR JAILING KIDS' BRIBES

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Uploaded on Feb 22, 2011

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As far as Sandy Fonzo was concerned, justice wasn't done Friday.

Fonzo, who says her son committed suicide last year at age 23 after a downward spiral that began when he was unfairly incarcerated by former Juvenile Court judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., angrily confronted Ciavarella as he appeared with attorneys to address the press outside a federal courthouse in Scranton Friday.

"My kid's not More.. here," she screamed. "My kid's dead. My son shot himself in the heart."

As U.S. Marshals led Fonzo across the street to separate her from Ciavarella, she continued to yell:

"He's a scumbag. He ruined my (expletive deleted) life. There's no justice unless he dies. I thought the U.S. Marshals were going to take him out in handcuffs."

Fonzo, 41, of Wilkes-Barre, said her son, Edward Kenzakoski III, was charged with underage drinking at age 17 and placed in the PA Child Care juvenile detention center at the heart of the kids-for-cash case for 30 days. Ciavarella then sent him to a camp near Shamokin, where he came in contact with gang members and juveniles held on homicide charges.

"The kid was never the same," she said. "He ripped him out of his home."

Kenzakoski, who had been an accomplished wrestler at Coughlin High School, began to get into fights and after what Fonzo described as a fender-bender when he was nearly 21 years old, Ciavarella revoked his probation and sent him to Western PA Child Care in Butler County, the other center in the kids-for-cash case.

"There goes his job. There goes his life. He got into a fight. It just began to snowball."

A distraught Kenzakoski shot himself last June, Fonzo said.

Fonzo said she left her job as a physical therapist in Kingston Friday when she heard Ciavarella had been found guilty and drove to Scranton.

"I would have loved to see him go to prison," Fonzo said.

Fonzo's outburst unnerved Ciavarella's attorney, Al Flora Jr., who had just begun telling reporters he considered Friday's verdict a victory for his client.

"That was a scary moment. We knew the marshals were right there and we knew the marshals were able to handle the situation immediately. They did. They stepped in appropriately and they took care of the situation."

Asked about the anger felt by Fonzo and other parents whose children he sent to detention and treatment centers, Ciavarella said he didn't recognize Fonzo.

"I don't know that lady. I don't know what the facts and circumstances are concerning her son."

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