Attorneys for 15 New York City police officers facing trial on ticket fixing charges asked Judge Stephen Barrett on Monday to toss out or limit key wiretap evidence against the cops.
The NYPD ticket-fixing probe has expanded to seven local and federal police agencies.
Since the Bronx district attorney, Rob Johnson, launched his war on ticket fixing in the NYPD, prosecuting dozens of police officers, assistant D.A. Jennifer Troiano had become something of an embarrassment to that office.
Recent alleged incidents, including the Bronx ticket scandal, have officials like Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries calling for action.
Fellow police officers packed the courtroom and stood outside to see the accused stand before the judge.
The New York Post says that between 9 and 12 cops could be indicted for bribery and obstruction, while the Daily News reports it could be as many as 17. However, the Bronx District Attorney’s office will not officially confirm the indictment vote.
As if ticket fixing isn’t serious enough, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says there are even more troublesome allegations involving the NYPD.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that while “there seems to be a lot of evidence” that police officers have been fixing traffic tickets, he believes it’s a problem that’s already been corrected.
While the mayor ducked direct questions about the issue, he insisted that the practice of ticket fixing in 2011 was “almost impossible.”
A major ticket-fixing scandal has rocked the NYPD. Sources say that grand jury indictments are expected “shortly” and that as many as 40 cops could face the music in the Bronx alone.
A former New Jersey municipal court judge has been sentenced to probation for fixing parking tickets. Wanda Molina, the former chief judge of the Jersey City Municipal Court, also received a 364-day prison term in the sentence imposed Friday.
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