Discipline court finds ex-Philly traffic judge fixed tickets

A state discipline court has found a former Philadelphia traffic judge fixed tickets and violated ethics in a ruling that could cost him his state pension.

Michael Sullivan was acquitted in a sweeping federal ticket-fixing case in 2014 that sent several of his colleagues to prison.

However, the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline said in its ruling Thursday there was ample evidence Sullivan took care of tickets for his friends.

Superior Court Judge Jack Panella says Sullivan brought “the judicial office into disrepute.”

Sullivan’s lawyer Samuel Stretton tells The Philadelphia Inquirer his client will fight the decision, adding the tribunal “ignored the undisputed facts in this case.”

In December, Sullivan pleaded guilty to failing to file tax returns that showed how many people he employed at his bar.

He faces possible prison time in that case.

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