Philadelphia traffic judges want US fraud case dropped
PHILADELPHIA - June 24, 2013 (WPVI) -- Six judges and three others charged in a sweeping ticket-fixing probe of Philadelphia Traffic Court want the charges dropped because they say no money changed hands.
At a hearing Monday, defense lawyers said the loss of potential fines does not justify federal mail and wire fraud charges.
Lawyer Henry Hockeimer Jr. said the indictment does not allege any bribes or kickbacks. He says the alleged help offered to family and friends may violate judicial conduct rules, but not federal law.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek attacked the logic that no money was lost because the tickets were fixed early on.
U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly promised to rule quickly.
Three judges have already pleaded guilty. The remaining defendants include six current or former judges, a clerk and two businessmen.
philadelphia, fraud, local/state
- Search for finger-biting mall attack suspect 11 min ago
- AccuWeather: Two very mild days
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Oil slick, debris not from missing Malaysia jet
- Pa. Trooper's pregnant wife killed by gun discharge
- Mutilated animal found in Brewerytown
- Victim shot 7 times in Kensington
- 1 dead, 1 injured in Winslow Twp. crash
- 'Band of Brothers' vet William Guarnere dies at 90
- Are store credit cards worth the discount?
- Video: Skydiver's 'chute gets tangled in plane 15 min ago
- Photos: Kevin Grow joins Harlem Globetrotters
- Photos: Thwarted! 10 suspects caught in the act
- Search for finger-biting mall attack suspect
10 min ago
- Skydiver's 'chute gets tangled in plane
15 min ago