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(PennLive)   You know that awkward moment when you are a judge and have to find a way to dismiss your own traffic charges?   (pennlive.com) divider line 20
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-02 02:44:53 PM
Ballentine denied any intent to defraud the county. Prosecutors dropped six other charges and reduced the tampering counts from felonies to misdemeanors.

A couple hours away in Philadelphia traffic court judges are charged with felonies for fixing tickets. They are making the same defense. They had no intent to defraud and didn't think they were doing anything wrong. In that case the crimes are federal and the prosecutors don't have political ties to the courts, so less plea bargaining is to be expected.
 
2013-02-02 04:08:30 PM
So every person who ever went through that court saying "the system is rigged against me" was probably right.

Every single case that judge ever tried should be retried in another venue at that judge's expense.
 
2013-02-02 04:42:07 PM
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2013-02-02 04:52:56 PM
You'd think a judge would show better judgement and not commit felonies.
 
2013-02-02 04:56:28 PM
My vote is for public execution by the State. She can't be trusted. EVER.
 
2013-02-02 04:57:12 PM
So.. Odds that the judge gets to keep being a judge after all this is over?

I really can't see them letting this guy be a judge after this.
 
2013-02-02 04:58:48 PM
*her
 
2013-02-02 05:11:09 PM

ZAZ: They had no intent to defraud and didn't think they were doing anything wrong.


Ignorance of the law is no excuse.  Judges say this all the time.  In this case, ignorance of the law should be a firing offense.
 
2013-02-02 05:14:48 PM
But Pennsylvania has demonstrated time and again that its judges are above reproach.
 
2013-02-02 05:33:26 PM

steadyb: You'd think a judge would show better judgement and not commit felonies.


Yeah, you might. And you'd be entirely wrong.

In my experience (outside courtrooms, mind you. I don't have much experience inside them) judges are exactly the same kind of idiot as everyone else, they just wear silly dresses and get to be called "Your Honor". Most judges I've dealt with in business settings have been anything but honorable and I don't subscribe to the fantasy that they somehow leave their personalities in their chambers.
 
2013-02-02 05:42:38 PM
So how do I get to switch from normal "broke people" laws to this other set of "rich people and government officials" laws?

Difficulty:  Broke as a joke, unemployed
 
2013-02-02 06:23:38 PM
Dear Subby:
A parking ticket is not a 'TRAFFIC TICKET'.
 
2013-02-02 06:30:28 PM
Ok, how many of you guys have went to court and argued until you were blue in the face about your innocence on tickets when you KNEW you were guilty?
Also, you KNOW if you have any friends or connections whatsoever, you would try or have tried to get your ticket dismissed, ,or you try something like taking it to court hoping the officer wouldn't show up and it would be dismissed,.
The calls for this judge's head are a little much, I think.
 
2013-02-02 07:25:55 PM
Lawyers are among the most untrustworthy, conniving, low life creatures that ever roamed the Earth.

How can they be allowed to sit in judgement of anyone else ?
 
2013-02-02 07:31:27 PM
This judge is better than the two other Pennsylvania judges who sentenced juveniles to privately run detention centers for kickbacks from the owners.  I think they didnt know what was wrong either.
 
2013-02-02 07:54:38 PM

aegri.mentis: Ok, how many of you guys have went to court and argued until you were blue in the face about your innocence on tickets when you KNEW you were guilty?
Also, you KNOW if you have any friends or connections whatsoever, you would try or have tried to get your ticket dismissed, ,or you try something like taking it to court hoping the officer wouldn't show up and it would be dismissed,.
The calls for this judge's head are a little much, I think.


I know this may come as a shock to you but some of us accept the consequences of our own actions without sniveling, lying or abusing our positions in pathetic attempts escape them.

Crazy, I know.
 
2013-02-02 07:57:10 PM
It sucks when you can't be above the law.
 
2013-02-02 09:16:48 PM
So does this mean that a precedent has been set?
If you go to court for doing something wrong. You can site this case. And if you admitt that you did do something wrong, but meant no wrongful intent. That you can get some charges dropped and others reduced to a scolding?
 
2013-02-02 10:06:35 PM
What the hell is "tampering with public" as a crime?
 
2013-02-03 12:52:59 AM

wambu: It sucks when you can't be above the law.


If you read what she is getting away with? she still is.
 
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