At a hearing Monday, defense lawyers said the loss of potential fines does not justify federal mail and wire fraud charges.
Lawyer Henry Hockeimer Jr. said the indictment does not allege any bribes or kickbacks. He says the alleged help offered to family and friends may violate judicial conduct rules, but not federal law.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek attacked the logic that no money was lost because the tickets were fixed early on.
U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly promised to rule quickly.
Three judges have already pleaded guilty. The remaining defendants include six current or former judges, a clerk and two businessmen.