A federal investigation into ticket-fixing as political favors in Philadelphia Traffic Court is expected to culminate today morning with sweeping indictments of most of the current judges and some retired judges, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. Thomasine Tynes, who retired as the court’s president judge in July, said that she expects a crowd in federal court when she shows up to surrender and be charged. “The whole court, as far as I was told,” Tynes said when asked who else would be charged with crimes.
Tynes insisted that she was innocent, emphasizing that she took no money to fix any traffic case. “It’s devastating to me, mentally and physically,” said Tynes, 70. “I had a gorgeous reputation. I’m ruined by this.” A consulting firm reported in November that Traffic Court had a “two-track system of justice, one for the politically connected and another for the unwitting general public.” The report described an informal system of requests for special treatment handed to judges on index cards that were tossed in the trash after trial. Special treatment ranged from downgrading of traffic charges to outright acquittals to the most valuable political perk: A “not guilty in absentia” verdict, which meant the defendant didn’t even have to show up in court.