Philadelphia Traffic Judges Accused of Playing Favorites

When ABC News pressed the congressman, asking if he had ever called in a favor, Brady vehemently denied it, saying "never at all."

Brady added that he "doesn't approve" of the Philadelphia judges' alleged behavior.

"My philosophy is that if somebody has a problem with traffic court, we do not call the judge, we do not talk to a judge. Never do that for any judge, for anybody. I would not do that," he said. "All I do is get an attorney, supply an attorney for them, which happens once a month, once every two months."

Besides Hird, Singletary and Sullivan, the six judges charged today are Michael Lowry, Robert Mulgrew, Thomasine Tynes, Mark A. Bruno, Henry "Eddy" Alfano and Robert Moy.

The Philadelphia case is just the latest in a series of big-city courtroom corruption cases. In New York, cops deny accusations that they fixed tickets. In Detroit, an officer pleaded no contest to accusations he ticketed a driver and later promised to get the tickets overturned "for a price." He received two months in jail and two years probation. In San Diego, a 27-year veteran pleaded no contest to destroying seatbelt violations given to district attorneys and subsequently resigned.

It is a problem so pervasive, the FBI says public corruption is now its No. 1 criminal focus.

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