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ROFLMAOHAHHAHAAHHAHAAHH

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politi...istID=1782


Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
POSTED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 5:38 AM

Long-simmering tension between the two Philadelphians on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court - Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and Justice Seamus McCaffery - has flared into outright acrimony following the unauthorized disclosure of a report that details widespread ticket-fixing at the city's Traffic Court.

McCaffery is enraged over the leaking of the report, which was commissioned by Castille and strongly suggests that McCaffery fixed a ticket given to his wife, numerous sources close to him and Castille say.

"The blowback has been ferocious," said one person with direct knowledge of the rift prompted by disclosure of the report.


McCaffery, these sources say, blames Castille for the leak. "By all accounts, he is outraged," one said, referring to McCaffery.

Castille declined to comment Tuesday. McCaffery did not respond to a request for an interview.

The report, obtained last week by The Inquirer, concludes that Traffic Court judges and staff routinely fixed tickets for people with the right political connections.

The inquiry was conducted by a team led by William G. Chadwick, a criminal-justice consultant who served as Castille's top deputy when the latter was Philadelphia district attorney.

Besides raising questions about McCaffery, the report quoted Traffic Court staff as saying that the office of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the Democratic City Committee in Philadelphia, often requested "special consideration" in dealing with tickets.

In an interview Wednesday, Brady said that he, too, was upset, and criticized Chadwick.

"To me, it looks like he was trying to juice up a report by putting my name in it," Brady said. "And I'm offended."
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#12
Here's one that's been happening out here: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local...ounty.html

Apparently now she feels she can't get a fair trial because of "all the media coverage", which in my opinion hasn't really been that much. They write articles, no different than other alleged criminal that is going to trial.
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#13
Nothing makes me smile more than a big ticket fixing scandal!!!

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streaker69;46823 Wrote:Here's one that's been happening out here: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local...ounty.html

Apparently now she feels she can't get a fair trial because of "all the media coverage", which in my opinion hasn't really been that much. They write articles, no different than other alleged criminal that is going to trial.

That judge just screams "cray cray" just from her ID badge photo.
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steelcityk9cop;46729 Wrote:
(11-27-2012, 09:31 PM)gascolator Wrote: The MDJ's are chosen by the local bar association for the convenience of their members. Appear before an MDJ against one of his cronies, without one of his cronies as your lawyer, be it in traffic or small claims, and you lose. He or she will ignore the law and rule against you. Pay one of his cronies more than the amount in dispute, and you'll win if the law is on your side. Oh, you can spend $10,000 to appeal a $1000 ruling, but the bar association bets you won't. When that judge (like Drupal in Doylestown) gets tired of the job and being "Your Honored," he'll pass it on to another crony, who'll line his wallet as a reward for his lining the next guy's.

MDJ's are elected by the populace, not assigned by the Bar Association.

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Uh huh. And who does the populace get to vote for? The person that runs. And who runs? The person who gets endorsed and funded by the local legal eagles. I've seen what happens here in Bucks County when someone with better qualifications runs against the Bar Association's "boy." And so the wheel turns.
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#16
Around here the person that wins is the one who pounds on doors and talks to people. Over the years I have had... one lawyer, one insurance salesman, one funeral director, and a printer.

Votes are votes.... party money buys signs, it doesn't get people to think you are the best candidate.



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steelcityk9cop;47201 Wrote:Around here the person that wins is the one who pounds on doors and talks to people. Over the years I have had... one lawyer, one insurance salesman, one funeral director, and a printer.

Votes are votes.... party money buys signs, it doesn't get people to think you are the best candidate.

They knock on doors here, but because the general election doesn't mean anything (Democrat town)... it only occurs during the Democratic primaries when candidates are out with clipboards trying to get their signatures done in time to file with the City Commissioners.


I learned my lesson after I unwittingly signed William Dunbar's petition when he came to my house--learning later he was challenging a state rep I actually like who is Republican (the ONLY Republican in Phila's delegation to the 'burg now). Now when I get these clowns asking me for signatures I'm going to have to ask:

All these will make me do a door-slam on them...

"Have you ever worked for or with Congressman Chaka Fattah?"

"Have you ever worked for or with Congressman Robert "Bob" Brady?"

"Are you a member or do you have a union card for IBEW Local 98, also known as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers?"

"Are you a member or do you have a union card for any of these unions: The carpenters union, the plumber's union, the joiners union, or any of the local building trades EXCEPT the Roofer's local?"

"Were you ever a member of TWU 234, also known as the SEPTA workers union that covers the City Transit Division of SEPTA, the one that strikes most often?" door slam

"Have you ever worked as a staffer on City Council? Which member of Council?" If the answer is yes and Blackwell/Jones/Clarke/Greenlee/Johnson/Goode or O'Neill---door slam. I'll consider signing if it's for any of the others.

"Did you ever work for John Street, Sharif Street, or Milton Street?" door slam.

"Did you ever work for State Rep. Anthony "Hardy" Williams or Rosita Youngblood?" door slam.

"Did you ever work for the Republican Meehan family?" door slam.

"Did you ever work for Vincent Fumo?" door slam.
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(11-29-2012, 04:01 AM)steelcityk9cop Wrote: Around here the person that wins is the one who pounds on doors and talks to people. Over the years I have had... one lawyer, one insurance salesman, one funeral director, and a printer.

Votes are votes.... party money buys signs, it doesn't get people to think you are the best candidate.



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+1 local political parties that endorse DJs often lack the money to even buy signs for the candidate. Since judge candidates can file nominating petitions on both sides of the ballot, it is often the door to door work in primary season that wins the election.

When a candidate for DJ knocks on your door every six years, take some time and talk with him/her and ask questions on hypothetical cases, you'll learn a bit about them.
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#19
FEDERAL INDICTMENTS HANDED DOWN

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaki...istID=1782

Nine current or former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges surrendered today to face corruption charges after a three-year FBI probe into ticket-fixing in the beleaguered court.

A 77-count indictment returned Tuesday but sealed until Thursday, said judges and their assistants routinely shredded documents, used code words and practiced "a well-understood conspiracy of silence" that turned the court into two systems: One where the average citizen paid for their infractions, while the connected saw tickets disappear, costing the Commonwealth an untold amount.

"For years, even beyond the conspiracy charged, there existed a culture of ticket fixing at Traffic Court," the indictment said. "The ticket fixing was pervasive and frequent."

Charged were two of the court's three sitting judges, Michael Lowry and Michael Sullivan, as well as seven former judges: Fortunato Perri Sr., Robert Mulgrew, Willie Singletary and Thomasine Tynes, elected by Philadelphia voters.

The other three were former suburban district judges who were appointed to serve for a period of time in Philadelphia Traffic Court: Mark A. Bruno of a Chester County, H. Warren Hogeland of Bucks County, and Kenneth Miller of Delaware County.

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Unlike those who were indicted Thursday, Hogeland, Miller and Perri were charged separately by informations. The process is typically used for defendants who have agreed to plead guilty.

Also indicted were Traffic Court administrator William Hird; and two local businessmen, Henry P. Alfano and Robert Moy. Alfano owned a towing service that won a no-bid contract from traffic court.

Each are scheduled to appear before a magistrate judge Thursday afternoon. U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger will hold a news conference later today.

Hird declined to comment as he left the federal building this morning, but his lawyer, Greg Pagano, told reporters: "My client is a taxpaying, hardworking citizen who goes to work every day and who is being indicted essentially for doing his job."

Singletary, who also turned himself in, told reporters only: "My God is able."

Traffic court has for decades been seen as a patronage mill. Judges earn at least $85,000, and must win election but none do so without the blessing of the local political parties. The court has twice before been the focus of federal probes.

The latest conspiracy and fraud charges uncorked a case that had been bubbling for at least three years, and included raids and, apparently, secret FBI wiretaps.

U.S. Attorney Zane D. Memeger said the system in Traffic Court not only deprived taxpayers of fines that should have gone to the city and state, it completely undermined public confidence in the institution.
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