Four traffic judges convicted

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 23, 2014 4:11 PM
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(Philadelphia) -- Four ousted traffic court judges in Philadelphia have been convicted of lying to authorities but cleared of most charges in a sweeping ticket-fixing case.

Two other judges and a businessman were acquitted in federal court.

The indictment last year portrayed the city's traffic court as a patronage pit, and said judges routinely fixed tickets for friends and allies.

Several judges pleaded guilty before trial. 

The jury then convicted ex-judges Michael Lowry, Robert Mulgrew and Thomasine Tynes of perjury, and Willie Singletary of lying to the FBI. 

Defense lawyers had argued that giving insiders "consideration'' was long a tradition, and not deemed illegal. 

All of the trial defendants were acquitted of the lead conspiracy and fraud charges. 

Philadelphia traffic cases are now handled by the city's municipal court.

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