By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In an early move that may portend how her case will pan out, former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge Thomasine Tynes today waived her right to a preliminary hearing on corruption charges stemming from an ongoing pay-to-play investigation.

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The strategy sometimes indicates a possible guilty plea down the road.  But what does it mean here?

After today’s court proceeding, while emphasizing that his client has entered a not-guilty plea, defense attorney Louis Busico says a non-trial disposition is always a possibility and something that needs to be explored.

And he says he believes the case can be resolved in a way that Judge Tynes will “not be hurt.”

Prosecutor Mark Gilson said afterward it would be inappropriate to comment on the significance of Tynes’ waiver, adding, “but I do believe there is a message here that people who are involved in this investigation should be getting and should be listening to, and it couldn’t more loud and clear: and that is, you should get in touch with me at the district attorney’s office and you should begin to cooperate before it is too late.”

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Gilson says the evidence includes 113 recordings of Tynes and others.

Tynes is already awaiting sentencing in a separate federal case.  She was acquitted of ticket-fixing but convicted of lying to authorities about her conduct.

 

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