Philly Traffic Judges Admit Role in Ticket-Fixing

A second judge has acknowledged fixing traffic tickets in Philadelphia for people with connections to the system.

Kenneth Miller pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday afternoon to mail fraud. Earlier in the day, H. Warren Hogeland (HOAG'-land) pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy.

Miller and Hogeland were among nine traffic court judges charged last month with dismissing or reducing citations for friends, family, associates and political allies.

The other seven cases are pending. Among them is former Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary, who had been kicked out of office for showing cellphone photos of his genitals to a female clerk.

Defense attorneys have suggested that judges made no money from the favors, and that the court has worked that way for a century.

Prosecutors say such behavior kept unsafe drivers on the road and deprived the city and state of revenue from the violations.

The judges have all been suspended without pay, by the state's Judicial Conduct Board, pending the outcomes of their cases. Traffic court judges, who are not required to be lawyers, make about $91,000 per year.

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