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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Elimination of Philadelphia Traffic Court on House Agenda Next Week

 

Elimination of Philadelphia Traffic Court on House Agenda Next Week




The House returns to session on Monday, June 3. Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com.  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP. 



Philadelphia Traffic Court


Ticket-fixing. Federal criminal investigation. Indictments. Some guilty pleas. A clear problem needing to be fixed.



The House is scheduled to vote Monday on Senate Bills 333 and 334 (Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County) to effectively eliminate the Philadelphia Traffic Court and transfer its duties to Philadelphia Municipal Court. The bills were overwhelmingly approved by the House Judiciary Committee by 24-1 votes.


 


Senate Bill 333, a constitutional amendment, would eliminate references to Philadelphia Traffic Court throughout the Pennsylvania Constitution. To become law, a constitutional amendment must be approved in two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly and then by the electorate.




Senate Bill 334 would establish a traffic division within the Philadelphia Municipal Court. Traffic court judges, including any elected this year, and the two judges who are still sitting and who have not been charged criminally, would be phased out under this legislation. The bill was amended to establish two more Municipal Court judgeships to accompany hearing officers.



In January, nine elected judges along with three other individuals were charged in a 77-count indictment alleging frequent and pervasive “ticket-fixing” at the Philadelphia Traffic Court. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the defendants participated in a widespread culture of giving breaks on traffic citations to friends, family, the politically-connected and business associates. Three of the nine judges entered guilty pleas.



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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I dont really give a hoot what they do in that cess pool of a city!