WALKING THE BEAT: Courts Should Not Be Money-Makers

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The TRAFFIC COURT trial now fades into the sunset and infamy. I can’t understand how the press – prior to a verdict – can print citizens were “often” told by staff their case was dismissed. And that judges “routinely” passed requests to other jurists. Why not replace juries with journalists? And the federal prosecutor summed up with “Equal justice under the law.” HOW CORNY, and too overarching; a possible sign to me that this was a “BS” CASE!… After the quiet verdict, limited media coverage was duly noted??? No intrigue, plots or schemes? The prosecutor was quoted as saying, “What was the FBI supposed to do when they discovered ticket-fixing in Philadelphia Traffic Court? Turn a blind eye?” Well, the jury had its say on equal consideration by the jurists on ALL defendants! He then talked of corruption “in almost an entire court – all 130 hard-working employees of Traffic Court are corrupt?? Bull. And I heard that “fixing” cost the City a lot of money. At no time did I hear how much money we allegedly lost. Not ever! At one point I heard the Chief Justice had been happy with the court income stream. We need to get away from thoughts of COURTS as INCOME raisers. Justice over money, please.

And what of Judge Michael SULLIVAN, acquitted of all charges? He was duly elected by citizens, and deserves his seat back and all benefits. No dragging feet on this either…. Someone wrote the Traffic Court matter still stinks. Another had disappointment with the verdict. But it should have been made clear that this was disappointment of one person in a city of 1.5m. I did not ask, so don’t foist that view on me. It was also said the verdict keeps a perception of our less-than-fair city. Newspapers cry of lack of investment in our city. An investor reads local press and sees how this city is put down. Why invest? And the notion that judges let negligent drivers go – endangering others – is total STINK, stank, stunk. The JURY would have been elevated to JOAN OF ARC status had they given some what they wanted to hear. The jurors “deserve the love and thanks of man and woman” (Thomas Paine). Traffic Court jurists, workers – heed the words of the late Maya Angelou: “You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes. You may hurt me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

Waiting those long empty days from when you are targeted by a grand jury or the feds no doubt places great strain on families. The Nixon Chief of Staff used to say, “Let them twist in the wind.” It is forever lost health – just rotten. This verdict means no justice in the Commonwealth should have to look over their shoulder!… How old are they who triggered the Traffic Court’s long night? One looks like 80 (?). But they have to be 70 – and that is a MAGIC NUMBER! Oliver Cromwell to the Long Parliament: “Begone for all the good that you have done.”

HISTORIC 103rd Engineer Battalion command change at Ft. Mifflin was attended by Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Adjutant General, 2nd from right, and Col. Tom Anglin and Chet Osinski of 1st Regiment Corp., in civilian attire. They salute outgoing 103rd Commander Chris McDevitt and incoming LTC Kurt Neilson ceremony. Battalion's armory is at 32nd Street & Lancaster Avenue; unit itself dates back to 1747. Photo by Joe Stivala

HISTORIC 103rd Engineer Battalion command change at Ft. Mifflin was attended by Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Adjutant General, 2nd from right, and Col. Tom Anglin and Chet Osinski of 1st Regiment Corp., in civilian attire. They salute outgoing 103rd Commander Chris McDevitt and incoming LTC Kurt Neilson ceremony. Battalion’s armory is at 32nd Street & Lancaster Avenue; unit itself dates back to 1747. Photo by Joe Stivala

Who wrote they sought closure on the four lawmakers of ALI-GATE? Closure by firing up the issue?… Another article says City Council’s speed of deciding the Gas Works sale stinks. We elected Council to make good decisions for us – no matter the time taken!

Hats off to Councilman Jim KENNEY for his HOTLINE on marijuana arrests! Since the bill passed, over 260 have been arrested. Is this statistic-driven? Stop wasting taxpayer money with these arrests and incarceration costs UNTIL a far-off trial…. Councilman Bobby HENON’S effort to create two police districts from one should be a no-brainer. It should not require additional personnel or equipment, just a district commander. Find one in Night Command.

NICE letter of congrats from Councilman Bill GREENLEE to committee persons on their election. Thanks for noticing us…. Pat PARKINSON found an 1877 letter from Noah LAYTON to constituents of the old 13th Ward (Center City) asking to elect him as Assessor. Layton lost an arm in the Civil War, and was Pat’s great-grandfather.

FOP President John McNesby backed the big bike run to Atlantic City, leaving from the Irish Pub, to benefit MS. McNesby only looking worried over how much the kids would spend on boardwalk amusements.

PEOPLE: Sad loss of Mildred SAIDEL, Jon Saidel’s Mom and best friend Florence COHEN is 97, and State Rep. Mark COHEN, sister SHERRIE, Dennis et al. took her to dinner…. Sean STEVENS, Esq. might be pen a tome on good eating in Port Richmond (?)… Judge Carolyn NICHOLS was the VIP speaker at the Summer for Peace event!… A lot of talk and reasons for low crime around SugarHouse Casino. The best answer is: DAN and JOHN Stevenson!… Vets Advocate Joe EASTMAN made a pitch to SugarHouse on jobs for veterans in their expanded casino. Director Wendy HAMILTON was all for it!… Congrats to 30th Ward Leader Marcia WILKOF for nine years at WHARTON School…. 55th Ward Leader Bob DELLAVELLA returned from Italy where he and wife met with their daughter touring north and south. Welcome home!… Derek GREEN, Esq., capable aide to Councilwoman Marian TASCO, will run for Council at Large. He is super-qualified!… Public Record photo contributor Bob MENDELSOHN now has 13 years with the “TRIB”…. The BOYLE for Congress campaign was invigorated with the baptism of Kiera Eileen Boyle…. A VET in need in NE Philly is looking for a donation of living room and bedroom furniture pieces. He and wife on Social Security pay hundreds in furniture rental.

EVENTS not to miss: Rail Fans – Aug. 16 is the 75th anniversary of the wreck of the BLUE COMET in Chatsworth, N.J. at the site where the top seashore train crashed in a severe rainstorm. A survivor will be on hand to tell the tale. Two coaches were on tracks, a few miles away at Winslow Junction…. IRISH: Sep. 3 will mark the honoring of a monument to Commodore John BARRY, Navy father, at Penn’s Landing. Bagpipers are needed! On Sep. 14, we unveil a historical marker to Matthew CAREY, publisher and angel to immigrants. The AOH is now raising money for the marker at 4th & Market Streets.

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One Response to WALKING THE BEAT: Courts Should Not Be Money-Makers

  1. Yes!!! Love it! Tell it like it is, Joe.

    Sue
    August 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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