(PHILADELPHIA) — Nine current or former traffic court judges in Philadelphia were charged Thursday with corruption.
For years, court records say, there existed a “widespread culture” of ticket fixing at Philadelphia Traffic Court. Those with the right political and social connections, prosecutors say, had their tickets fixed by judges seeking a personal benefit. The judges are accused of dismissing tickets, reducing fines and helping violators avoid points on their licenses.
The corruption, prosecutors say, was “frequent and pervasive.”
The case was investigated by the FBI.
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