HUFFINGTON POST
03/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Jailing Kids For Cash': Judges' Scandal Rocks Pennsylvania

At a friend's sleepover more than a year ago, 14-year-old Phillip Swartley pocketed change from unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood to buy chips and soft drinks. The cops caught him.

There was no need for an attorney, said Phillip's mother, Amy Swartley, who thought at most, the judge would slap her son with a fine or community service.

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