Closing Arguments Set in Philly Ticket-Fixing Case

After weeks of testimony, closing arguments are set Thursday in the ticket-fixing trial of five former Philadelphia traffic court judges.

The former judges are accused of fixing tickets for family, friends and political allies.

Defense lawyers say the judges did their jobs the way they've been done in Philadelphia for years.

They have argued throughout the federal court trial that their clients did nothing illegal.

Several other Traffic Court judges have pleaded guilty in the case since the indictment last year of nearly the entire bench.

The judges earned about $90,000 a year and did not need a law license.

Philadelphia's Traffic Court has since been abolished and its duties moved to Municipal Court.

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