Acquitted traffic judge wants $90k job, back pay

A Philadelphia traffic court judge acquitted in a sweeping federal corruption case wants to return to his $90,000 job and get nearly two years of back pay.

Judge Michael Sullivan has been suspended since his 2013 indictment.

But the state Judicial Conduct Board has filed charges of its own Monday that also accuse Sullivan of ticket fixing. The board wants to continue Sullivan’s suspension until a Court of Judicial Discipline hearing.

Defense Lawyer Sam Stretton says Sullivan denies the charges. Sullivan has three years left on his six-year court term.

Several ex-colleagues are heading to prison after the federal probe and traffic court has been abolished.

Traffic court judges do not need to be lawyers. But Sullivan would need a degree after 2017 to handle traffic cases in Municipal Court.

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