I usually don't have many good things to say for the Feds but, when they take corrupt public officials off the streets, you gotta give it up to them;
Good job guys, way to go!
First, they've brought charges against 9 traffic court judges caught up in ticket fixing schemes. They say they haven't taken any money to fix tickets
but, only those with good political connections have been able to have their tickets fixed. One judge even had a drop-off point set up at a local bar
for people who needed their tickets fixed.
My Fox Philly
Traffic Court Judges Charged in Widespread Ticket Fixing Scheme
Hernetha McMillian was at Traffic Court early Thursday morning to make her bi-weekly payment on a traffic ticket just like thousands of other drivers.
"It's ridiculous. Every time I come here you gotta' go on a payment plan or they take your car," McMillan said.
But while Mcmillian was paying her ticket, traffic court judges were making their way to FBI headquarters early Thursday to surrender and face charges
that they were part of a widespread ticket fixing scheme that became rampant at Philadelphia Traffic Court. All designed to help the politically
connected, not drivers like McMillan.
"The government doesn't say my client, Judge Singletary, took one thin dime in exchange for what they call a ticket fixing," said defense attorney
William Brennan, who represents Judge Willie Singeltary.
A 77-count indictment and three criminal informants charge the nine elected judges and three others, including towing mogul Henry "Eddie" Alfano, with
taking part in a widespread culture of giving breaks to politically connected families and their friends.
Now, if only they'd crack down on all the cops fixing tickets for their friends and family to show the world that the laws apply to everyone equally
but, I doubt that would ever realistically happen; there wouldn't be any cops left on the streets if they did that.
In other news, the FBI set up a sting which caught Govonor Corbitt's cop son-in-law stealing money from a vehicle he had been assigned to search. When
I found out he was on the city's drug task force, I wasn't very suprised at the news.
Corbett son-in-law, a narcotics officer, under FBI probe
The Philadelphia Police Department confirmed that a narcotics officer was taken off the street and placed on administrative leave Thursday, following
the results of an FBI and Internal Affairs investigation. The department said it would not identify the officer because he had not been arrested or
Sources identified him as Gerold Gibson, husband of Corbett's daughter Katherine. Gibson could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Federal agents and police Internal Affairs investigators placed $400 in marked money in a car for Gibson to investigate. The bills were sprayed with a
powder used by police in controlled drug busts, and the car was equipped with surveillance cameras.
Gibson was told that police had a warrant to search the car and was asked to bring it back to the Narcotics Field Unit for a search. When
investigators checked the car after he did so, about $145 was missing.
Investigators recovered the money after searching Gibson and his personal car. He also had the powder on his hands.
Talk about getting caught red handed! At least he didn't get too greedy and steal the whole thing but, who can really be surprised that a drug agent
wouldn't get sticky fingers dealing with all that drug money all the time.
I only wonder if this investigation may have been politically motivated since he is the son-in-law of the somewhat conservative Republican govornor of
Pennsylvania. This had definitely got to be a black eye for Gov Corbitt. I wonder how many other drug task force guys were under investigation?
Still, you gotta give it to the Philly FBI for helping to clean up the official corruption on the streets of Philadelphia. Good job guys, keep up the
ETA: If you ask me, this should be the FBI's sole mission; putting down official corruption. There's so much of it out there its disgusting.
Politicians and cops think they are above the law. There needs to be a force out there that focuses solely on official corruption, especially
political corruption (especially at the Federal level too). I think that may be the only way we ever clean up all the corruption rotting away this
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