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PA Supremes Vote out Reformer as overseer of Philadelphia Courts
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http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politi...49621.html

Remember that ticket fixing thing I told you guys about a couple months ago?

Yeah... that:

Quote:Riled over the release of a report exposing widespread ticket fixing in Philadelphia Traffic Court, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court justices have voted to remove Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille as the high court's overseer of the city courts.

By a majority vote, his five colleagues instead chose a justice from the Harrisburg area as liaison with the massive court system, sources familiar with the action said Wednesday.

Seamus McCaffery needs to go.
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Gotta love that they had the intestinal fortitude to say "No boss, you screwed the pooch on this one." Well played Pa Supremes.
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ArcticSplash;65650 Wrote:http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politi...49621.html

Remember that ticket fixing thing I told you guys about a couple months ago?

Yeah... that:

Quote:Riled over the release of a report exposing widespread ticket fixing in Philadelphia Traffic Court, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court justices have voted to remove Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille as the high court's overseer of the city courts.

By a majority vote, his five colleagues instead chose a justice from the Harrisburg area as liaison with the massive court system, sources familiar with the action said Wednesday.

Seamus McCaffery needs to go.

Let me see if I understand this as I haven't read the news about it. It looks like Justice Castille released a report showing that some justices (apparently including McCaffery) have been regularly fixing tickets which I assume is a criminal offense.

So, Castille take the wrappers off of crimes committed by PA justices and instead of them paying for with their jobs, they manage to get him removed as Chief Justice.

Is this close to what happened? If so, who is supposed to be enforcing the laws they broke with the ticket fixing and why isn't that happening?
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Personally, this is one Philadelphian who loves Philly ticket fixing practices. Smile
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BobFromBucks;65834 Wrote:
ArcticSplash;65650 Wrote:http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politi...49621.html

Remember that ticket fixing thing I told you guys about a couple months ago?

Yeah... that:


Seamus McCaffery needs to go.

Let me see if I understand this as I haven't read the news about it. It looks like Justice Castille released a report showing that some justices (apparently including McCaffery) have been regularly fixing tickets which I assume is a criminal offense.

So, Castille take the wrappers off of crimes committed by PA justices and instead of them paying for with their jobs, they manage to get him removed as Chief Justice.

Is this close to what happened? If so, who is supposed to be enforcing the laws they broke with the ticket fixing and why isn't that happening?

You got it.

Also Castille may look like a saint in this case but he was in a huge scandal just before this over no-bid contracts over the new Family Court building going up at Broad & Arch.

As for why Seamus is still has his freedom--the FBI hasn't done anything yet except raided the court and the houses of over half the bench of Traffic Court. No indictments have been brought down yet out of it.
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The chief Republican in the PA Legislature, Senator Pileggi from Delaware County, is proposing to abolish Traffic Court:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/heard...82652.html

Quote:The Republican leader of the state Senate, Dominic Pileggi, has prepared bills to abolish Philadelphia Traffic Court, after an investigation commissioned by the state’s chief justice found widespread ticket-fixing for people with the right connections.

“No other county has a separate Traffic Court, and there is no objective evidence that the continued existence of the Philadelphia Traffic Court would serve the public interest,” Pileggi said this week in a memo to his colleagues, soliciting co-sponsors for the legislation. “Whatever reason may have existed in the past for Philadelphia to have a separate Traffic Court no longer exists.”

I'm quite vexed. I know one of the judges' aides at the court and she's the leader of townwatch in the neighborhood next door to mine. I would hate to see her position axe'd over something she had zero control over and tried to distance herself from. Her testimony is also in the Chadwick Report.
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BobFromBucks;65834 Wrote:Is this close to what happened? If so, who is supposed to be enforcing the laws they broke with the ticket fixing and why isn't that happening?

My guess? The AG's office, but I think they're busy right now finding out ways to fuck gun owners up the ass.
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