Traffic Court Judges Seek to Dismiss Federal Charges

, The Legal Intelligencer


The Philadelphia Traffic Court judges charged in federal court with a scheme to defraud the city of Philadelphia by allegedly fixing tickets should not face prosecution because the possibility that the city might have received money from those traffic offenses is too attenuated to support the criminal cases, a defense attorney argued today.

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  • J

    The simple reality is that if everyone had a competent attorney representing them in Traffic Court, or at worst in the Court of Common Pleas on appeal, an intellectually honest judge could find the defendant Not Guilty in virtually every case. If the protections of the Criminal Law - Constitutional principles are applied and followed it would prevent the Court from becoming a source of funds for the municipal budget. The new Hearing Officer system that has been proposed is designed to make the system a money maker at the expense of an individual's rights.

  • ibloom

    Why have they not been charged with the state crime of Obstruction of Justice?

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