Friday, December 24, 2004
The Times-Picayune reports in an article titled, "Feds look into allegations of bribery at Traffic Court" that "sources close to the case said," that "[a] wide-ranging probe into potential ticket-fixing at Orleans Parish Traffic Court has been under way for more than a year, and federal authorities have obtained video and audiotape evidence showing bribes being paid."
This is not the first time there has been an undercover operation into a local or state traffic court. Some of the investigations have produced indictments and convictions such as those from Operation Greylord (Chicago) and Operation BarTab (Lake County, Indiana). But there was also Operation Corkscrew (Cleveland) with a high cost and poor result. The Cleveland undercover operation is detailed in a Report of the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights (H.R. Doc. No. 267, 98th Cong. 2d Sess 17-18 (1984)).