Former Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes Sentenced
When we last checked in with retired Traffic Court judge Thomasine Tynes, her $2,000 Tiffany bracelet was being waved around in front of the cameras as DA Seth Williams announced she would face corruption charges in the infamous case of the abandoned sting.
Now Tynes has been sentenced to serve two years in federal prison on perjury charges in the separate, also infamous, ticket-fixing investigation of Philadelphia’s now-defunct Traffic Court.
The Legal Intelligencer reports:
She was the second of several defendants to be sentenced this week after a trial this summer on charges related to the ticket-fixing scandal. Tynes was convicted on two counts of perjury and acquitted on all other charges.
“Make no mistake, Ms. Tynes, without the ticket-fixing … there would be no perjury convictions,” said U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Tynes was sentenced to 24 months on each of two convictions, but she can serve them concurrently. She’s also been fined $5,000. Her lawyers had motioned for house arrest or probation, citing Tynes’ age, 71, and health.
Earlier this week, her fellow former Traffic Court judge Robert Mulgrew was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for lying to investigators in the same case.