Local Business Owner Charged In Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Case

By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local business owner was charged in Federal Court Thursday as part of the federal investigation of Philadelphia’s Traffic Court (see related story). His attorney entered a plea of not guilty.

Carmen Nasuti represents Henry Alfano (who is also called “Ed”) Nasuti says, because there was extensive electronic surveillance and few witnesses in this case, it will all boil down to what was captured on tape.

“The jury wants to hear what the defendant had to say during the course of the commission of any alleged offense.”

Lynn Marks, Executive Director for Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a non-partisan court reform organization says, “I think that all Philadelphians should be outraged. Because the traffic courts are designated as minor sometimes, people think they are not that important, but that is simply not true.”

Nasuti says, “We’re engaging in discovery to see what the electronic surveillance reveals.”

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