Another Pennsylvania Jurist Investigated

/ 20.Dec, 2011

The Supreme Court has removed Judge Michael J. Sullivan, the administrative judge for Philadelphia’s traffic court, amid an FBI probe into allegations of ticket fixing.  The Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, Ronald Castille, stated that an internal probe found tickets were regularly fixed for the politically connected.  This is, of course, not the first time a Pennsylvania jurist has been investigated, or worse, for improper conduct.

In vaguely related news, suspended attorney Robert Powell, was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment for his part in the “cash for kids” scandal that has rocked Luzerne county over the last two years.  That scandal led to long imprisonment terms for two former judges, and a recent $17.5 million dollar settlement from the builder of the juvinial facilities at the center of the scandal, Robert Mericle.

There is no single solution to the problems of corrupt or corrupted jurists.  However, there are a number of organizations and individuals working to make a difference.

-Josh J.T. Byrne, Esquire