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Philadelphia Traffic Judge-Elect Stymied By Qualifying Test

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(Christine Solomon, center, poses with her daughter and sheriff candidate Jewell Williams, before last November's elections.  Credit: Philadelphia Public Record, used with permission)

(Christine Solomon, center, poses with her daughter and sheriff candidate Jewell Williams, before last November’s elections. Credit: Philadelphia Public Record, used with permission)

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Mike Dunn is City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060. He covers...
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By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A newly elected judge at Philadelphia Traffic Court can’t start hearing cases, because she flunked a test of basic traffic laws.

Traffic Court judges in Pennsylvania don’t need law degrees to serve, but they do need to pass a test of basic driving laws before they can take the oath of office.   And that proved to be a problem for newly elected Christine Solomon.

“She did not pass the qualifying test,” says Judge Gary Glazer, the head of Philadelphia Traffic Court.

Glazer says Solomon will get another chance:

“She has an opportunity to retake the test at the end of January,” he tells KYW Newsradio, “and if she is successful, then she will be eligible to be sworn in and hear cases.”

Glazer himself was installed as head of Traffic Court last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to clean up what was said to be rampant ticket fixing and patronage (see related story).

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