Philadelphia Traffic Court
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.
State senator Dominic Pileggi of Chester County says that because reforms have failed, it’s time to have Municipal Court take over its functions.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court chief justice Ronald Castille says he plans to seek “retention” by voters this fall for another ten years on the state Supreme Court — even though, under current rules, he faces mandatory retirement just two years from now.
Assistant US attorney Paul Gray says Judge Robert Mulgrew, his wife Elizabeth, and Lorraine Dispaldo, an aide to a Pennsylvania legislator, schemed to get funds illegally from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
Twenty-seven-year-old Walter Williams was convicted Tuesday by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart following a nonjury trial in the February 2011 death of 21-year-old Tovoyia Owens, who was three months pregnant at the time.
Philadelphia city councilman Jim Kenney is proposing to eliminate a layer of bureaucratic red tape when your car is towed in error and you want to get the towing fee refunded.
Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary, who was suspended after allegedly showing a co-worker a photo of his private part, has tendered his resignation.