- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A lieutenant in the New York Police Department’s internal affairs bureau convicted of leaking information about a ticket-fixing investigation to fellow officers has been sentenced to community service.

Jennara Cobb was sentenced Thursday in the Bronx to 200 hours as a conditional discharge. If she completes the hours, she will not go to jail. Cobb was convicted in October of divulging an eavesdropping warrant, official misconduct and obstruction of governmental administration.

A case against more than a dozen officers was announced in October 2011. Cobb was the first to be tried.

The investigation sparked a debate over the informal practice of police squashing tickets or minor summonses as favors.

Prosecutors portrayed it as a pervasive form of corruption. Union leaders contended it was a harmless courtesy that never involved bribery.

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