Have you received a driver’s license suspension as the result of a conviction for a traffic violation in Philadelphia? If so, you would be interested to know as many as 10 current or former Philadelphia judges could face state disciplinary proceedings following an investigative report on Traffic Court.
The list includes three sitting Traffic Court judges, five who no longer hear cases or have been suspended from the Traffic Court bench, one Municipal Court judge, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.
It is reported that the judges alleged to have engaged in unethical or inappropriate conduct have been referred to the Supreme Court and the Judicial Conduct Board. The Judicial Conduct Board was created in 1993 to consider complaints about ethical misconduct by judges. Its operations are confidential, but its basic procedures are not. Its chief counsel directs a preliminary review of any complaint. The 12-member board then decides whether to authorize a full investigation.
After a full investigation, the board would either dismiss the complaint or file formal charges, to be tried publicly before another agency, the Court of Judicial Discipline.
Despite a Supreme Court rule that Traffic Court judges shall not allow their family, social, or other relationships to influence their judicial conduct or judgment, it is alleged that the court had established procedures for providing “special consideration” for the favored few. Every judge at Traffic Court participated in the practice, either dismissing tickets or downgrading violations to protect the offender’s driving record.
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