Low Expectations

Last week a Philadelphia jury acquitted five city traffic court judges of conspiracy and wire and mail fraud charges associated with fixing traffic tickets.

What’s interesting about the case is that the question of whether the judges fixed tickets was not in dispute; everyone, including the defendants and their lawyers, conceded that they had.

Ultimately, though, the jury of all Philadelphians concluded that fixing tickets for friends, friends of friends, and political allies was not a crime – not even for a judge. As far as the jurors were concerned, there’s nothing wrong with judges fixing tickets unless you have to bribe them to do so.

And that, friends, is an amazing display of the low expectations some people have of judges and other elected officials.

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