382 GRIPES and Griping Strong!



I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day #6 - The Ciavarella Trial

'I Made The Wrong Decision' - "Ciavy" Takes The Stand

Day #6 saw the courtroom overflowing with onlookers since this was the much anticipated day for former judge Mark "Ciavy" Ciavarella to take the stand in his own defense. On this day "Ciavy" was in the hot box for 6 hours where he admitted to filing false tax returns for three or four years. He admitted that he disguised the source of millions of dollars from Rob Mericle. He admitted that he lied to a state agency regarding his financial holdings. The words "false", "disguised" and "lied" are not words to describe a judge by. Those words were usually saved for the people that "Ciavy" ruled on the other side of the bench. During his testimony he also stated that he worked hard to prove that he is not the greedy tyrant that the prosecutors have portrayed him to be. I think he didn't work hard enough! He also said that the $2.1 million that he received from Mericle was a finders fee paid by a generous friend. WHAT! WHAT! I need to find a generous friend like that! That's one hell of a finder's fee! "Ciavy" also said he knew nothing about the 3 Fed Ex boxes stuffed with cash that Jill Moran delivered to Mark Conahan and most of all he never, ever coerced Robert "The Slip" Powell into paying him a dime. No, only a million or so!

This testimony sounds to me like our man "Ciavy" is trying to soften the sentence he may get by admitting to some things but not all. Make no mistake, this guy is as slippery as they come. I think he knows that the Feds put together a strong case and now he has to do damage control. His judicial warp drive is ready to blow! When asked outside the courtroom why he admitted to the crimes "Ciavy" replied, "I did it. You got to admit what you did and fight like hell for what you didn't do". My question is why didn't he admit it right from the beginning! He could have saved the taxpayers a bundle of money by taking the hit and doing the time. The Feds may have gone easy on him back then. Tomorrow is Day #7 as this script from a mafia movie winds down.

On a side note, former judge Ann Lokuta was in the crowd to watch her former boss squirm on the stand. Lokuta told a reporter outside of the courthouse, "Children of our county were brutalized by the avarice of Ciavarella and Conahan". If you remember, Lokuta was forced off the bench in 2008 when the State Court of Judicial discipline ruled that she brought the judiciary into disrepute. "Raggedy Ann" was portrayed by workers in her office as a "bully on the bench". If this happened now she may have been hung in the courthouse rotunda since bullying is the big No, No now. I am not a big fan of bullying, however this is another topic for a future Gripe.

Day #7 Recap Tomorrow - Closing Arguments and Jury deliberations.

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