Herenton responds to ticket fixing controversy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Herenton responds to ticket fixing controversy

An ethics officer is now investigating allegations of ticket fixing in the Memphis Police Department, but the media has painted the wrong picture, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said Tuesday.

"I think this is a lot ado about nothing," he said.
Herenton said he believes the media is not showing the real story surrounding accusations that Police Director Larry Godwin helped Bogie's Deli owner Bradley Greer get a speeding ticket fixed.

"There was an individual who apparently was assisted in getting the ticket processed," Herenton said. "That, to me, is not ticket fixing."
Greer paid for the ticket and it was dismissed, but he did not have a hearing before Judge Jayne Chandler.  The judge later sent a scathing email to Director Godwin, outlining how Greer told a court officer he was a friend of Godwin's, and how he had him on the phone.

The judge said she would not let anyone give the impression they have influence over her court.

Herenton said everyone should get the same treatment.

"I don't know who this guy is, but everybody ought to follow the law," he said.

Though Godwin declined an interview, Action News 5 obtained his response to the judge's email, which says, "in no way would I or any member of my staff attempt special favors or try to circumvent the court."

Godwin said he doesn't know Greer well, and that he told Greer he could not help him personally, but would send one of his chiefs to show him how to pay the ticket.

He closed the email to Judge Chandler saying "I recognize and respect your authority."

Ed Rucks, the 20-year assistant prosecutor who dismissed the ticket, said the entire matter was a shock to him.  According to Rucks, it was a routine case, he treated Greer the same as everyone else, and he didn't know what happened before Greer came to his office.

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