A federal judge has sentenced a former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary to 20 months in prison.
Corruption brought down Philadelphia’s Traffic court in 2013 and justice for those charged unfolded in 2014.
The defendants were acquitted of ticket fixing conspiracy, but convicted of lying to authorities about their actions.
“We’ve received many calls in the past week asking for change,” says Lynn Marks, the Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a state-wide non-partisan organization that lobbies for court reforms.
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.
After nearly two months of trial, jury deliberations are now underway in a federal ticket-fixing case.
The prosecution is expected to rest later today in the trial of six former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges who allegedly fixed tickets.
A traffic court administrator spoke about taking calls from the office of former Councilman — now Mayor — Michael Nutter.
The state House today is expected to vote on legislation intended to abolish Philadelphia’s corruption-plagued Traffic Court. The legislation has already sailed through the state Senate.
Incumbent Democrat Alan Butkovitz is seeking his third term in office. While he has the backing of the Democratic City Committee, he does face two primary challengers.
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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.
Henry Alfano’s attorney entered a plea of not guilty.
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A Philadelphia woman plans to fight traffic court after she received a citation in the mail a decade after the accident took place.
The Philadelphia police department’s warrant unit conducted an overnight sweep throughout the city for offenders who owe the city thousands of dollars in traffic fines.