Ex-Philly Judges Slam Corruption Charges In Trial Opener

Law360, Philadelphia (May 27, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT) -- As trial got underway Tuesday in a case accusing six former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges of conspiring to fix tickets for well-connected individuals, attorneys for the defendants argued that federal prosecutors had attempted to charge the group for exercising their judicial discretion in dismissing and downgrading citations.

During opening arguments, attorneys for each of the six judges claimed that the consideration given to some 50 tickets singled out by federal prosecutors as instances of favoritism could be chalked up simply to discretion typically afforded to defendants...
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