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Municipal Judge's Conviction

December 30, 1988

The article about Judge Boags' conviction for fixing parking tickets for his son and his son's friends raises ethical questions concerning the qualifications of the son, Martin R. Boags, to be a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

According to the article, Martin Boags gave his father 205 parking tickets (145 of his own as well as another 60 issued to his Beverly Hills High friends) during 1984, 1985 and 1986. No one ever had to appear in court or had to pay a fine for any of these tickets. Yet, Martin Boags testified that he did not know what the disposition of the tickets would be when he passed them to his father, the judge, across the breakfast table.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what would (and did) happen to those parking citations. Most folks who aren't smart enough to attend the Air Force Academy could predict what would happen to those citations. But not Cadet Boags. He didn't have a clue.

Such testimony by a cadet of the U.S. Air Force Academy clearly appears to be at odds with the much-publicized honor code precepts that the Air Force Academy espouses for its members.

JOSEPH M. REBER

Apple Valley

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