Judge scolds police director over alleged ticket fix - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Judge scolds police director over alleged ticket fix

A local judge is scolding the Memphis Police director and dropping names in an alleged ticket- fixing incident.

In a four-paragraph e-mail sent in June, City Court Judge Jane Chandler told Godwin that he and his friends are not above the law.

The day before the e-mail was sent, Bogey's Delicatessen owner Bradley Greer, described as a friend of Godwin's, was due to appear in Chandler's courtroom for driving 64 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Chandler wrote it was brought to her attention that Greer told a court officer he was on the phone with Godwin.

After the court officer told Greer to stand in line like everyone else, the judge writes that a Chief Tusant arrived and went with Greer to the prosecutor's office.

Chandler says Assistant City Prosecutor Ed Rucks dismissed Greer's ticket upon payment of the $61 court fee.

Chandler went on to say she could not allow others to give the impression they have special influence over a judge, and that she will take action to restore public confidence in the integrity of the court system.

Chandler put Greer's ticket back in the books and he's scheduled to appear early next month.

The city attorney's office is investigating the incident.

Greer maintains no wrongdoing took place. He said he was simply trying to speed up the process so he could get to work, but traveling 19 mph over the speed limit usually requires a hearing before the judge.

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