Former Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes received a sentence of 11-and-a-half to 23 months in prison for accepting a Tiffany bracelet from an undercover informant posing as a lobbyist in exchange for the award of lucrative court contracts.
William Hird, the former director of records of Philadelphia Traffic Court, was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Monday. The sentence includes one year of supervised release and a $5,000 fine. Hird previously pleaded guilty in January to 18 counts against him, including conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and lying to the FBI.
Court of Common Pleas Judge John W. Herron has reached the mandatory age of retirement and will be leaving his post as Administrative Judge in Philadelphia. He will soon serve as a senior judge in Philadelphia’s Orphans’ Court. Judge Herron took the bench as Administrative Judge of the trial division in 2011, and he says is proud of what he was able to accomplish during that time.
Justice Debra Todd of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI is a prestigious organization comprised of judges, lawyers, and law professors from across the world. The objective of the ALI is to produce scholarly material that is intended to advance the law.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner received the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award this past Tuesday at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s annual meeting. The Brennan award is given to judges who “adhere to the highest ideals of judicial service.”
Joseph Leeson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday. Leeson is the fourth and final judge to be confirmed to the Eastern District from the nominees that were presented in June. Leeson, from Bethlehem, PA, has been a partner at Leeson & Leeson since 1980.
The second of four former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges was sentenced to time in prison on Thursday. Thomasine Tynes, former president judge of Philadelphia Traffic Court, received two years in federal prison as a result of her conviction on two counts of perjury.
Robert Mulgrew has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in the wake of the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing scandal. Mulgrew was the first of the four former traffic court judges to receive punishment for his perjury conviction.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has increased its productivity in recent weeks. Some have speculated that the upcoming mandatory retirement of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille at the end of December may be a contributing factor, while others point to the shift in dynamic between the justices as a possible cause.