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Top Judge in Philadelphia Traffic Court Not Shocked By Indictment of Colleagues

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(Judge Gary Glazer, left, with Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice Ronald Castille in December 2011.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

(Judge Gary Glazer, left, with Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice Ronald Castille in December 2011. File photo by Mike Dunn)

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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Traffic Court’s administrative judge says today’s indictments are just one step in the process of cleaning up the troubled court.

“Was I surprised? Not even a little bit,” Judge Gary Glazer told KYW Newsradio this morning.

Glazer has had his work cut out for him since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent him to take over Traffic Court a little over a year ago (see related story and photo above).

“This court has unfortunately become the whoopee cushion of the judicial process in this city,” Glazer said today.

And he says the work does not stop with the indictment of current and former judges and other officials.

“Work has to be done to determine who becomes a Traffic Court judge, what kind of education they get [related story], how they are selected, what kind of ethical considerations they are taught, how the staff deals with the judges, how the staff deals with problems,” he says.

And Glazer says the city may want to consider whether it even wants a Traffic Court (see related story).

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