Philly traffic judge in ticket-fixing case gets 20 months
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former traffic court judge in Philadelphia convicted of lying to the FBI in a sweeping ticket-fixing case is facing 20 months in prison.
Willie Singletary was sentenced Thursday in federal court.
Three of Singletary's co-defendants, all judges, were convicted with him last summer.
The indictment had portrayed the city's traffic court as a patronage pit where judges routinely fixed tickets for friends and allies, but Singletary and his three co-defendants were acquitted of the lead conspiracy and fraud charges.
Several other judges pleaded guilty before trial.
Philadelphia traffic cases are now handled by the city's municipal court.