Law: Philadelphia Takes a Fall

The suspension of 15 judges further clogs the city courts

It has happened before in big-time sport: a team goes into a rough schedule only to learn that a clutch of key players has been suspended for allegedly taking bribes. But rarely has any ball club been hit as hard as Philadelphia's judicial team was this month. Faced by a truly daunting schedule of cases, it saw 15 of its 105 judges temporarily cleaned off the bench by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as a result of a federal probe into cash gifts by a local union. The cut may represent the largest number of trial-court judges ever suspended at one time.

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