Glazer: Abolish Traffic Court or Corruption Will Return

, The Legal Intelligencer


Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer, who took over leadership of the embattled Philadelphia Traffic Court in the wake of FBI investigations into alleged rampant ticket-fixing at the court, told the state House Judiciary Committee on Friday that hiring employee hearing officers instead of elected judges is the only way to eradicate corruption from the court.

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  • nick day

    amazing. corruption of judges is a given so we elect to close the courts.

    ladies and gentlemen, not one of you finds this deeply, deeply disturbing? is it because you've come to accept corruption or perhaps you believe judges sitting on our district and circuits courts are a different breed of person? big mistake.

    these guys each make well over a 100,000 grand, cannot lose their jobs, have a lifetime guaranteed income with a zillion perks and lawyers necessarily must rely on them to make a living and we expect them to be a cut above the crooks fixing traffic court cases?


  • nick day

    "With judicial discretion abolished and a detailed instruction sheet or guidebook imposed, these political appointees (even if appointed by a Chief Judge) are there for one purpose, and that is NOT to dispense justice, but to raise revenue." robginchicago

    rob, if the decision is made by a "chief judge," that reinforces my suspicion that it is a corrupt choice

    how bout this enormous outcry by legal pros and the public! it is a non-story today. corruption in our judicial system is common and hardly elicits a yawn. thanks "judiciary" for safeguarding this once admired institution. the undermining of our democracy, as predicted in your canons, is well on its way

  • Spook

    SImpler would be to just reinstate the right to jury for these cases - but of course we can't have anything that slows the assebly line of "justice", right?

  • RobGinChicago

    Don't be so quick to embrace non-judicial "hearing officers", attorney or non-attorney. The judge proposing this "solution" claimed that the judges can't be controlled. Well the opposite is true with administrative hearing officers. They can be completely controlled, and their discretion strictly limited to only accept a small number of established defenses to particular violations. With judicial discretion abolished and a detailed instruction sheet or guidebook imposed, these political appointees (even if appointed by a Chief Judge) are there for one purpose, and that is NOT to dispense justice, but to raise revenue. Reasonable defenses that could have been accepted by a judge with discretionary authority can be deemed "irrelevant" by the administrative guidebook, and the cited driver will be advised that unless your defense is one of a limited list of possible defenses, then they had best plead guilty and pay the fine because they won't be allowed to present that defense. There are certainly aruments that can be made in favor of this form of revenue enhancing "justice", but at least be honest with the future victims of this scheme, and admit that "it's all about the Benjamins."

  • nick day

    why would anyone in his right mind expect that our judiciary was anything but totally and thoroughly disgustingly rotten to its core?

    scary stuff

  • nick day

    that is the funniest thing i ever heard. cancel court, judges don't work.
    use that argument for the federal courts in pa, including our pathetic circuit court.

    political pressure forced lesser judges to cave, huh? is that right?
    good thing the big boys and girls who preside over life and death matters and direct 100s of millions into various accounts, don't have any pressure. they might cave, too

    fbi, investigate the vomit spewing from all our federal dumps. traffic court judges will be sporting halos before you know it

  • J

    Glazer is wrong. HO's are not educated enough to understand Due Process, Statutory analysis, Constitutional Issues. If they are anything like the HO's at the Parking Authority it will create intellectual bankruptcy.

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