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Nine current and former Traffic Court judges indicted
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/31/2013 | John P. Martin and Craig R. McCoy,

Posted on 01/31/2013 11:21:24 AM PST by Kid Shelleen

Nine current or former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges surrendered today to face corruption charges after a three-year FBI probe into ticket-fixing in the beleaguered court.

A 77-count indictment returned Tuesday but sealed until Thursday, said judges and their assistants routinely shredded documents, used code words and practiced "a well-understood conspiracy of silence" that turned the court into two systems: One where the average citizen paid for their infractions, while the connected saw tickets disappear, costing the Commonwealth an untold amount.

"For years, even beyond the conspiracy charged, there existed a culture of ticket fixing at Traffic Court," the indictment said. "The ticket fixing was pervasive and frequent."

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
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"Traffic court has for decades been seen as a patronage mill"
1 posted on 01/31/2013 11:21:31 AM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen; Albion Wilde; Tribune7; TAdams8591; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; wireman; Mr. Binnacle; ...
**** Philly Metro Ping ****



2 posted on 01/31/2013 11:22:35 AM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen
In Philly?

Just more 'rats interested in the rule of law.

3 posted on 01/31/2013 11:25:55 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kid Shelleen

What happens when you have a government or agency run by those ill-equipped to run it. I doubt within Philadelphia there was anything subtle about all this, and it was very widely known to one and all.


4 posted on 01/31/2013 11:26:10 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Kid Shelleen
This type of corruption is going to expand exponentially, as America slips deeper and deeper into the clutches of Democrat One Party rule.
5 posted on 01/31/2013 11:26:45 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Thank goodness this doesn’t happen anywhere else..


6 posted on 01/31/2013 11:28:15 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Kid Shelleen

Maybe Jackie Chan was right, after all..................


7 posted on 01/31/2013 11:29:51 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Kid Shelleen

More local government corruption busted. Great job, feds! More!


8 posted on 01/31/2013 11:30:04 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
... said judges and their assistants routinely ... used code words
Oh, the horror! (I thought only racist, bigoted, homophobic GOPers did that.)
9 posted on 01/31/2013 11:30:58 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Were they form the 59 precincts that got over 99% of the vote?


10 posted on 01/31/2013 11:32:01 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Corrupt judges in Philadelphia — I just don’t know what to think any more.


11 posted on 01/31/2013 11:34:22 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Ah, Fleecadelphia, a student of liberalism as graduated from Chicago.


12 posted on 01/31/2013 11:34:40 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Hate to say it, but this happens in most towns and cities across the country. I worked in a small town lawyers office during my college years and I saw first hand how the people in power along with their family and friends got their infractions “taken care of”. I remember one specific case where a local politician's teenage son came flying up the main drag one evening and took out an entire row of parking meters. When the police arrived he was passed out drunk in the front seat. Oddly enough, they “forgot” to test him for alcohol so he wasn't charged with drunk driving, all he got hit with was a minor failure to maintain control charge. Anybody else in the same situation would have had the book thrown at them.
13 posted on 01/31/2013 11:43:38 AM PST by apillar
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To: Paladin2
Many of the denizens (of Philly) knew this went on. There are/were many levels to this as well; pay the vig (certain "suggested" attorney) and the issues disappeared.

and then there's the lazy parking authority that would ticket you assuming you were there longer than you were- my sister was a visiting nurse and busted those clowns because she had signed records on when she arrived at and left a patient...

14 posted on 01/31/2013 11:52:06 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: apillar
I had a guy blow through a stop sign drunk going 70 in a 35 and the police weren't going to arrest or ticket him because he was somebody well knowns kid.

To bad my friend the state patrolman happen to drive up on the scene. He took the individual out of police custody and took over the accident scene when they told him they weren't going to charge anyone.

15 posted on 01/31/2013 11:54:02 AM PST by Newbomb Turk (Freedom is my F word.)
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To: apillar
True, happens everywhere but Philly is just one of those places that pushes the envelope- I95, 3am, accident, drunk driver, big bag of coke... Cops find out that his dad is one of their high ranking members... He gets a ride home and a report is entered about a stolen car, oh and somehow keeps his dope.
16 posted on 01/31/2013 11:57:19 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Do these judges carry firearms for personal protection?

Aren’t they part of the privileged class-our betters- who can be trusted with firearms?

Wow! A couple of drug running cops in Houston; now these judges. Why it is beginning to look like government employees are not much better than the general population.

I guess our trust is misplaced.


17 posted on 01/31/2013 12:06:04 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Thanks for the post. It’s just more evidence of the corruption inherent in all branches of the government. I would wager that the federal level of corruption would put local corruption to shame.


18 posted on 01/31/2013 12:50:04 PM PST by C.O. Correspondence (Most bad government has grown out of too much government. . Tommy J)
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To: apillar

Yup.

In the small town I grew up in, a cardiologist’s son (a drunken pothead) got a DWI. The dad simply called his atty and it was effectively erased from the books- no trial, no hearing, no record.

Like it never even happened..


19 posted on 01/31/2013 1:00:50 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Kid Shelleen

C’mon. it’s Philly !!! What else is expected from the city of “brotherly love”. Even Baltimore has a better record when it comes to corruption of public officials. ( I’m from Baltimore.) And we don’t boo Santa Claus or punch customers trying to buy tickets for replacement player football games.


20 posted on 01/31/2013 3:46:43 PM PST by johnd201 (johnd201)
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To: Kid Shelleen

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21 posted on 02/01/2013 5:18:27 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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