4 Traffic Judges Convicted in Ticket-Fixing Case - NBC 10 Philadelphia

4 Traffic Judges Convicted in Ticket-Fixing Case



    A verdict was reached in the Philadelphia ticket fixing case. NBC10's Harry Hairston has the results and the reaction. (Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

    Four ousted traffic court judges in Philadelphia have been convicted of lying to authorities but cleared of most charges in a sweeping ticket-fixing case.

    Two other judges and a businessman were acquitted in federal court Wednesday.

    The indictment last year portrayed the city's traffic court as a patronage pit, and said judges routinely fixed tickets for friends and allies. Several judges pleaded guilty before trial.

    The jury then convicted ex-judges Michael Lowry, Robert Mulgrew and Thomasine Tynes of perjury, and Willie Singletary of lying to the FBI.

    Defense lawyers had argued that giving insiders "consideration" was long a tradition — and not deemed illegal.

    All of the trial defendants were acquitted of the lead conspiracy and fraud charges.

    Philadelphia traffic cases are now handled by the city's municipal court.