Municipal Court Judge to Plead Guilty, But Won’t Cooperate with Investigators

By Dustin Slaughter

Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. “abruptly” resigned yesterday, according to The Inquirer, and will plead guilty to charges including accepting a bribe for case fixing, wire fraud, and mail fraud.

Waters says he will not cooperate with investigators, however.

Allegations against Waters involve him accepting $1,000 in cash, under the guise of a campaign contribution which was never reported; Waters then asked another judge who was actually hearing the gun case for leniency.

Waters is also alleged to have influenced the outcome of a 2011 civil case.

Four other judges are also under investigation.

Read the full story from The Inquirer’s Craig R. McCoy, Jeremy Roebuck, and Mark Fazlollah.


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