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Judges Plead Not Guilty to Ticket Fixing

Posted Nov 2, 2007 10:02 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A lawyer for one of four former New Jersey judges charged with fixing traffic tickets is calling the charges a “tempest in a teapot.”

Speaking after a hearing in which all of the judges pleaded not guilty, John Fahy said the charges didn’t need to be before the criminal courts, the New York Times reports. “Can these charges be of an ethical nature? Perhaps,” he said. “But criminal? No way.”

The four former Jersey City judges are accused of fixing tickets for friends and colleagues. Former chief judge Wanda Molina is accused of fixing five tickets for a companion. Another judge is accused of dismissing just one ticket—which he himself received for parking in front of a synagogue.

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