Philadelphia Traffic Court
Former court administrator William Hird pleaded guilty to 18 counts of mail and wire fraud and lying to investigators.
Former judge Robert Mulgrew, 56, admitted stealing state grand funds that he claimed would be used to help beautify his Dickinson Square neighborhood in South Philadelphia.
Former Judge Robert Mulgrew is accused of diverting state neighborhood improvement funds for his own use.
Nine indicted judges want their ticket-fixing case involving Philadelphia Traffic Court dropped because they say no money changed hands.
Even though the operations of Philadelphia’s Traffic Court have been taken over by Municipal Court, the Traffic Court building is remaining open for business.
Effective immediately, Traffic Court functions are under the supervision of Philadelphia Municipal Court, though the complete transition may take weeks or months.
The House Judiciary Committee in Harrisburg has overwhelmingly approved a pair of bills already passed by the state Senate that would transfer the duties of Traffic Court, which adjudicates moving violations, to Philadelphia Municipal Court.
Lorraine Dispaldo pleaded guilty to a number of mail and wire fraud counts for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraud perpetrated upon the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
One bill would start the process of amending the state constitution to formally eliminate Traffic Court; another would abolish it in all but name only.
Nine current or former judges have been charged, and former judge Fortunato Perri Sr. is now the third to plead guilty.
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.