SCRANTON, Pa.—Lawyers for a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge want three of his convictions tossed in the "kids for cash" scandal involving for-profit juvenile detention facilities.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports ( attorneys for ex-Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. (shiv-uh-REL'-uh) want a federal appeals court to toss three convictions, including racketeering. They say jurors were never told the counts involved a statute of limitations.

In a filing Tuesday, attorney William Ruzzo said the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Ciavarella's appeal in May without addressing the statute of limitations issue.

A jury convicted Ciavarella on 12 of 27 counts, including racketeering and conspiracy, for pocketing a portion of more than $2.8 million in kickbacks. His former colleague Michael T. Conahan pleaded guilty in July 2010 to a racketeering charge.

Both are serving lengthy prison sentences.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,