Reuters reports “A Philadelphia municipal court judge pleaded guilty on Wednesday to wire fraud and mail fraud charges after a year-long FBI sting operation that caught him soliciting cash payments and seeking to influence pending cases.
Prosecutors alleged that Joseph C. Waters Jr., a Democrat who was elected in 2009, contacted two other judges in an attempt to sway the outcome of a litigation involving a Philadelphia businessman, according to court documents. FBI investigators secretly recorded the calls.
After entering the plea, Waters resigned his position on the bench.”
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