6 Traffic Court Judges Cleared After 2 Month Trial
By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There was high drama this past week in federal court, as a jury acquitted six former Philadelphia traffic court judges of ticket fixing after a two month trial.
Shortly before the jury announced it had reached verdicts just a day and half into deliberations, a defense attorney suggested a quick verdict would be good for the defense. Just minutes later, word of a verdict.
Attorneys, defendants, their families and reporters rushed into court. The defendants fates, freedom, lives hanging in the balance.
“Count one conspiracy, the jury finds Michael J. Sullivan not guilty.
Not guilty is read 19 more times for Sullivan by Judge Lawrence Stengel.
The jury totally rejected the ticket fixing case.
Warned not to react, the celebration in court was muted, but outside Judge Sullivan was jubilant, defiant. With a big smile on his face, Sullivan walked away with family and friends, walked away cleared in an historic case.
You may also be interested in these stories:
- Thursday Nights at 9: Online Town Hall Meetings To Inspire Black Civic Engagement
- Dozens Volunteer to Rehab Homes in North Philadelphia
- Phila. Police Again Collect Used Cell Phones To Benefit Domestic Abuse Victims
- Pa. Town Will Keep Jim Thorpe’s Remains
- Eric Frein Lookalike: I’ve Been Stopped Repeatedly