Philadelphia Traffic Court
Retired judge Ruth Dietrich testified that one of the defendant judges approched her about getting a particular outcome in a case before her.
All of these defendants have pleaded not guilty. Several other figures in the probe of Philadelphia Traffic Court have previously pleaded guilty.
Six former judges and a local businessman are scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in federal court in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket fixing case.
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.
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.