Philly Traffic Judges Can't Shake Ticket-Fixing Charges

Law360, Philadelphia (July 3, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge has denied efforts by five Philadelphia Traffic Court judges to dismiss criminal charges stemming from an alleged ticket fixing scheme, rejecting claims that the charges were invalid because their actions did not deprive the state of revenue.

U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly concluded July 1 that the government had sufficiently alleged that the nine judges charged in the scheme to forgive traffic tickets for friends, supporters and other well-connected individuals aimed to take money away the state.

Judge Michael Sullivan, who was...
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