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Three indicted Traffic Court judges suspended without pay

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended without pay on Friday afternoon three of the nine judges indicted Thursday for what federal investigators called a massive "culture of ticket-fixing" at Philadelphia's Traffic Court

Three indicted Traffic Court judges suspended without pay

The Philadelphia Traffic Court Building on 8th and Spring Garden Streets on Thursday, January 31, 2013.  ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
The Philadelphia Traffic Court Building on 8th and Spring Garden Streets on Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended without pay on Friday afternoon three of the nine judges indicted Thursday for what federal investigators called a massive "culture of ticket-fixing" at Philadelphia's Traffic Court

The judges suspended included Michael Sullivan, who had been administrative judge until he was removed from the leadership post in December 2011 by the Supreme Court while the federal probe was still going on.  Also removed were Judge Michael Lowry and Chester County District Judge Mark Bruno, who heard cases in Traffic Court.

The three judges "were relieved of all judicial and administrative duties without pay pending further action by the Supreme Court," a news release said.

The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board on Thursday filed petitions to have those three, along with three more indicted judges in the case, suspended without pay.  The other petitions were for former Traffic Court Administrative Judge Fortunato Perri Sr., Bucks County District Judge H. Warren Hogeland, and Delaware County District Judge Kenneth Miller.

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