While the City scrambles to prepare a new ordinance to replace criminal sanctions with civil fines, Panto has assured everyone that there is a five-step appeals process for those who feel they've been ticketed unfairly. You can have the matter reviewed by the guy who gave you the ticket, his boss, or by high-ranking city officials. They hardly qualify as independent and neutral judges. Moreover, nobody seems to know that this appeals process exists This was only discovered recently, when DA John Morganelli received a ticket improperly that he deliberately ignored to see what would happen.
Earlier this week, the City supplied me with an 89-page record of all tickets forgiven, indexed by license plate and make of car. I shared that with you, and thanks to several readers, was able to convert the file provided and sort it to determine whether some people seem to be getting breaks, I have finished my review, and I believe the answer is yes. To be very clear, the evidence shows that some people who received tickets received very favorable treatment In one instance, it may have been a police officer.
When I see a license plate whose first three digits are EPD, I think it's very possible that the car in question is owned by an employee of the Easton Police Department (EPD). The information supplied reveals that someone with a Dodge bearing License Plate EPD5263, managed to have five tickets voided that had been issued in April, May and September. They were all invalidated at once.
Without running the plate, something I have no legal authority to do, it is impossible for me to determine whether this is a coincidence or an Easton police officer. but it certainly looks suspicious.
This suspicion is intensified when the record reveals that a very large number of tickets were voided for a special few. Altogether, 1135 tickets were forgiven for just 395 people
One individual, driving a Ford with License Plate YMA7245, had 21 tickets invalidated. These were issued at numerous dates throughout the year and were invalidated at several of these "hearings". Who is this special person?
This person is by no means alone. Eleven people managed to get 144 violation notices forgiven.
YMA7245 - PA - 21 tickets - Ford TICKETS ISSUED AT NUMEROUS DATES THROUGHOUT YEAR AND EXCUSED ON OTHER DATES.Another two people managed to make 16 tickets go poof.
HWF2922 -PA - 15 tickets (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Dec)
GPG2779 - PA - 14 tickets (Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Nov.)
GSM9477 - PA - 14 tickets (Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov)
KRATEST - MA - 13 tickets
JDT9558 - PA - 13 tickets NISSAN (tickets on different months)
JHY3815 - PA - 12 tiCkets (TICKETS IN DIFFERENT MONTHS)
JCS3073 - PA -12 tickets - PONT (Jan, May, Aug, Nov, Dec) tickets forgiven at different times
X6113C -NJ - 11 tickets - CHEV
ZFV3935 - PA - 10 tickets - FORD (MAY, JUN, JUL, SEPt)
VKC94B - NJ - 9 tickets HYUN ( Mar, Apr, Jun, Oct) (all forgiven at same time)
EML5528 - PA - 8 tickets - saa (April, May, Jun, Oct, Nov, Dec - tickets forgiven at different times, indicating a pattern)Four people who had collected 28 violations got them excused.
HTX2821 - PA - 8 tickets
HWH8934 - PA - 7 tickets- MAZDAFive people who collected six tickets apiece got them excused.
HTX2821 -PA - 7 tickets - FORD (TICKETS issued different dates)
VKC94B - NJ - 7 tickets
HMX2586 - PA - 7 tickets- DODGE
BHN5855 - TX - 6Another 11 people managed to have 55 tickets forgiven once they hit the magic 5 number, at which cars can be booted or towed.
6BC2455 - MD - 6
DBH8946 - PA and NJ - 6
EDY9994 - PA - 6 - CADILLAC (April, Aug, Sep. Oct Nov)
JMJ3507 -PA - 6 - NISSAN (JAN, FEB, MAR)
EPD5263 - PA - 5 - DODGE (tickets rec'd in April, May and September. All forgiven at once)Thirty people managed to get four ticket apiece forgiven.
FOH5039 - OH - 5
GDS5606 - PA - 5
HTX2443 - PA - 5 - ACURA (all tickets issued same day)
HZS2373 - PA - 5 - NISSAN
JCK9959 - PA - 5 - BMW (Feb, Mar, Nov)
GPH4439 - PA - 5 - LINCOLN -
LUTES - PA - 5 (5 DIFFERENT DATES, 5 DIFFERENT REVIEWS)
JKK8457 - PA - 5 - BUICK
JLS9698 - PA - 5 - HONDA (Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov)
L82CNP - NJ - 5 - MAZDA (Feb, Jul, Sep)
BHN5866 - TX - 4Seventy-eight people who had collected three tickets apiece had them voided. Another 254 people had collected two tickets each.
DCB9692 - PA - 4
DCF7247 - NJ - 4
EHK8842 - PA - 4
EKA8529 - PA - 4
FCB5068 - PA - 4
GDA1539 - PA - 4
HLF9475 - PA - 4 - VW
HLK7581 - PA - 4- BMW (Jan, Feb, May)
HFG2382 - PA - 4 - KIA
HKH1335 - PA - 4 - MITS
HST7272 - PA - 4 - HONDA
HVP6851 - PA - 4 - HONDA
HYE1025 - PA - 4 - LANDROVER
HYL7417 - PA - 4 - MITSU (March, April, October) Forgiven different dates.
JBN7699 - PA - 4 - HONDA
JFL8357 - PA - 4 - MITSU
GCF8111 - PA - 4 - NISSAN
GGY5691 - PA - 4 - SUZI
GNC4838 - PA - 4 - LANDROVER & VW
GPG2233 - PA - 4- JEEP
JCK9959 - PA - 4 - BMW
JCN8997 - PA - 4 - CHEV
JDD7178 - PA - 4 - DODGE
JDM4772 - PA - 4 - TOYOTA
JGR6653 - PA - 4 - GMC
JJC0052 - PA - 4 - CHEV
JNK8465 - PA - 4 - SUBARU (Jun, Jul)
JNP4758 - PA - 4 - JEEP (Apr, May, Sep)
JPA8606 - PA - 4 - SCION (Jun)
Is this conclusive proof that tickets were forgiven based on connections? No, but it raises some serious suspicion of ticket fixing that should be addressed.
On a lighter note, I came across some interesting license plates while researching this matter.
AAA had two tickets forgiven. 2
ATDPREZ, driving a Lincoln, had a ticket voided. I'd give him another.
Some dude in a BMW, with a LAFAYETTE license plate, had two tickets written off.
His license might say DUMMY, but this Bentley driver had a ticket expunged.
If you drive a BMW, I don't think it's a good idea to have a license plate that reads, DRSUGAR. But a Mini-Cooper that says MYZIPPY is ok. So is NANNY3X .
RUBYSRU - Probably not a good idea to drive this in the West Ward.
SHESBAK - Depending on who this is, this could be good or bad news.
VENUS27 - in a BMW. Damn! Where's my Viagra?