Cordaro and Munchak Found Guilty of Corruption

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Jurors thought it was business as usual up in Lackawanna County when they heard the prosecutions arguments against Robert Cordaro and A.J. Munchak. Cordaro, a former county commissioner, and Munchak, a current commissioner, have been convicted of public corruption. The charges stem from a wide-ranging FBI investigation into pay-to-play and other public corruption activities in the NE PA county.

Prosecutors said Mr. Cordaro and Mr. Munchak raked in large amounts of cash from vendors looking for county contracts. The jury agreed.

“That’s just the way business is up in that county,” said Mr. Snyder, in an interview Wednesday. “It’s just unfortunate. It just seems like it’s business as usual. You buy your jobs.”

After listening to nine days of testimony involving a long list of characters, including West Scranton funeral director Al Hughes who served as the “bagman” who delivered $365,000 to Mr. Cordaro, the jury had a lot to sort through.

“I’m glad we didn’t walk in out of frustration and just paint everything with a broad brush,” Mr. Snyder said. “We tried to be fair. We realized there were lives on the line.”

I tried to work a Rural Juror joke in here somewhere, but was afraid no one would get it.

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2 Responses to Cordaro and Munchak Found Guilty of Corruption

  1. JoyfulA says:

    The county's mostly Scranton plus the other old coal towns, so the "rural" might not have worked anyhow. Save the joke; surely, there'll be an opportunity to use it before long!

    • Greg says:

      Haha thanks. I love 30 Rock, so I'm sure I'll start to work some references to hill people and rural jurors and Cleveland in as much as possible.