On the courthouse steps immediately following sentencing, Defense Attorney Al Flora told a group of reporters that the sentence would definitely be appealed. "Federal sentencing guidelines are very difficult, and we knew that going in," Flora said. The defense continued to argue that Ciavarella's attitude all along was that he never accepted a bribe or kickback in exchange for sending a child to a detention facility and that was his driving force for going to trial. "In reality, I think the government was surprised with the 336-month sentence," Flora said. An appeal must be filed with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
Ciavarella surrendered to U.S. Marshalls immediately following sentencing and was escorted to the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia. He will remain there until the U.S. Bureau of Federal Prisons determines where the one-time judge will serve his sentence.