Philly traffic judge removed over YouTube remark

January 5, 2012 5:14:29 PM PST
A Philadelphia traffic judge who made remarks in a YouTube video suggesting campaign donors would find a "hook-up" in his court has been relieved of his duties.

The state Supreme Court issued the order Thursday in the matter of 30-year-old Judge Willie Singletary.

Singletary's remarks at an April 2007 biker rally were captured on video and posted to YouTube. The video shows Singletary seeking campaign donations despite rules that prohibit magisterial district judge candidates from such solicitations. On the video, he asked bikers for campaign contributions and told them they'd need his "hook-up" in traffic court.

Singletary's attorney, William J. Brennan, says his client respects the authority of the Supreme Court. Brennan says they are reviewing the order and assessing their options.

It was back on December 23rd when Action News first broke the story that Singletary showed unsolicited photos of his genitals to a female government worker that he was interested in having a physical relationship with.

Sources within Traffic Court and in the 1st Judicial District told Action News that a woman who works for the Parking Authority assigned to Traffic Court has come forward alleging that Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary showed her the inappropriate pictures taken on his cell phone.

According to the sources, he asked the woman, "Don't you want a piece of this?"

A female police officer was with the woman when when he allegedly tried to intimidate her into withdrawing the complaint.

Judge Gary Glazer, the newly appointed Administrative Judge of Traffic Court relieved Singletary of his judicial duties at that time and ordered him escorted from the building with directions not to contact anyone at Traffic Court.

Singletary was already under a cloud of controversy since Action News first reported back in 2007 that court records showed him to be notorious for breaking the same laws he was sworn to uphold, and that his own driver's license had been suspended at the time until 2011.

At that time, he also owed $11,000 in traffic fines.

Action News spoke with him back in 2008 when he was sworn in.

When asked how he expected to pass fair judgment on other violators when it appeared he was thumbing his nose at the law, the Singletary refused to respond and walked away

Singletary had no answer then.