Judge pleads guilty to fixing traffic tickets; cases against 8 others still pending
Posted Feb 12, 2013 6:53 PM CDT
By Rachel M. Zahorsky
H. Warren Hogeland pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to mail fraud and conspiracy. He’s one of nine judges—eight cases are still pending—charged with dismissing or reducing citations for friends, family, associates and political allies, the Associated Press reports.
While defense attorneys argue that judges didn’t profit financially from the favors, and that the court has worked that way for a century, prosecutors assert such behavior kept unsafe drivers on the road and deprived the city and state of revenue from the violations, according to the report.
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