The New York Post by Brad Hamilton - March 4, 2012
Some cops "lie' in court to avoid pay dock
You just can’t win
How hard is it to win in traffic court? Hard — and getting much harder. A probe by a veteran traffic-court defense lawyer revealed spiking guilty rates for the six judges who hear cases at the Manhattan South bureau on Rector Street, the city’s busiest. Each convicted a higher percentage of drivers who argued cases against cops last year than in 2010, according to DMV stats that the lawyer received through a Freedom of Information request. This comes following an NYPD crackdown that docks officers’ pay and vacation time if they make mistakes in court. Most are well known to judges, who might be sympathetic to their plight.
GUILTY TILL PROVEN GUILTY: With Internal Affairs shadowing cops testifying in traffic court, officers are being pressured to stretch the truth, defense lawyers say.
Here’s the scorecard: