Two Former Judges Plead In Philadelphia Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Case
By: John A. Schwab
On Tuesday, two former judges of the Philadelphia Traffic Court, Kenneth Miller and Warren Hogeland, pled guilty to federal charges related to a traffic ticket fixing scandal. Miller, age 76, and Hogeland, age 77, are two of the twelve defendants charged in the Traffic Court corruption case that alleges that judges, local politicians, court staff, family members, and friends received preferential treatment from Traffic Court. The preferential treatment, known as “consideration” by court insiders, included dismissing tickets or specific charges, reducing fines, and finding defendants not guilty.
The allegations were summarized in criminal informations and an indictment, all filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, including against sitting Traffic Court Judges Michael Sullivan, Michael Lowry, Robert Mulgrew, Willie Singletary, Thomasine Tynes, and Mark Bruno. The indictment, filed on January 29, 2013, is comprised of 77 counts alleging conspiracy, wire and mail fraud, perjury, false statements to FBI agents, and aiding and abetting. Judges Lowry, Mulgrew, and Tynes are charged with committing perjury before the federal grand jury. Singletary is charged with lying to FBI agents when questioned about ticket fixing at the Traffic Court. A full copy of the indictment can be found here.
Miller and Hogeland were charged in separate criminal informations (Information One & Information Two) which suggests their cooperation with the investigation and their guilty pleas were anticipated. The sentencing hearings for Hogeland and Miller is scheduled for May 24, 2013 before U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Kelly.