Prosecutors and defense lawyers were scheduled to begin questioning members of a 95-person jury pool Monday, kicking off the trial in U.S. District Court in Scranton, the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre reported.
Ciavarella faces 39 counts of honest services fraud, racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud, bribery, extortion and tax evasion, WNEP-TV, Moosic, Pa., reported.
Prosecutors allege Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, also a former judge in Luzerne County, took more than $2 million, conspiring with developer Robert Mericle and attorney Robert Powell in assigning youthful offenders to a privately run juvenile detention facility.
Conahan pleaded guilty last July to one count of racketeering. Mericle and Powell have entered guilty pleas to tax-related charges.