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Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Case Heads To Trial

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing case.

The trial is expected to last at least several weeks.

Six judges; Michael Sullivan, Michael Lowry, Robert Mulgrew, Willie Singletary, Thomasine Tynes and Mark Bruno are among the eight defendants.

The prosecution alleges they took part in a pervasive ticket-fixing conspiracy assisting the politically connected, as well as influential business, labor or industry people and family, friends and associates.

These six judges and two local businessmen also on trial, all have pleaded not guilty.

Three other judges and a court employee described by authorities as the middleman or clearinghouse for ticket fixing requests pleaded guilty earlier.

Traffic court was abolished months after the indictments in this case.

Traffic court duties were moved to Municipal court.

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