Philadelphia Traffic Court Probe
One of the defendants in the federal ticket-fixing case against six former Traffic Court judges and two businessmen pleaded guilty today.
Philadelphia officials today unveiled details on the long-planned overhaul of the city’s corruption-tainted Traffic Court.
The case will just be delayed just a couple of days. Jury selection is now scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Former court administrator William Hird pleaded guilty to 18 counts of mail and wire fraud and lying to investigators.
Nine indicted judges want their ticket-fixing case involving Philadelphia Traffic Court dropped because they say no money changed hands.
One bill would eliminate Traffic Court in all but name only, transferring its functions to Municipal Court. The other measure would allow for an amendment to the state constitution to formally eliminate it.
Warren Hogeland was a senior judge in Bucks County, and Ken Miller was a senior judge in Delaware County, but each would pitch in and help in Philadelphia Traffic Court when asked.
Pa. Judicial Conduct Board Moves To Suspend Sitting Traffic Court Judges Charged In Ticket-Fixing Case
According to the grand jury, ticket fixing was pervasive and frequent, and traffic court judges and employees took steps to conceal the crimes by shredding paperwork and speaking to one another in code.
Philadelphia Traffic Court’s administrative judge Gary Glazer (left) says Thursday’s indictments are just one step in the process of cleaning up the troubled court.
Former and current judges of Philadelphia Traffic Court, plus judges in Bucks, Chester, and Delaware counties, as well as other employees associated with the court system, were named.