Thursday, March 18, 2010

Presumed Innocent

Like jackals assembling to scavenge a carcass yet to drop to the dusty savannah floor, the Cordaro/Munchak haters have begun a howling frenzy of "GUILTY!" and "CROOKS!"

Bob Cordaro and A.J. Munchak were arraigned this afternoon on corruption charges and released on their own recognizance.

Meanwhile Lackawanna County commissioners Mike Washo and Corey O'Brien are calling for Munchak's resignation. I suppose you'd expect that. To do anything less wouldn't do them any good politically.

I wish I knew something about body language. That hunched up elbow lean and tight-lipped frown makes Corey look...tense, doesn't it?

(Disclosure: That's a Mike Mullen/Times-Tribune picture I borrowed by the way. The Times-Tribune and Rock107 are both owned by Times/Shamrock Communications. I don't steal things from work much. Hope it's not a problem.)

Now that the feds have moved up valley from Luzerne County, with rumors that agents are buying homes in northeast PA because they're expecting to have enough work for years to come I only hope they give the once over to everything. County, city, towns, boroughs, school boards. Dig deep. And dig as far back as the statute of limitations will allow.

I suspect I'm wasting my breath here but like those whose vote for President went to "not Bush", you may not have been a fan of "bigmouth, pushy, arrogant" Bob Cordaro or "his trusty sidekick" A.J. Munchak but try to keep in mind that thing about innocent until proven guilty. You know, the thing you'd be screaming if you were charged with a crime. Just sayin'.


Miata Kate said...

John I agree innocent until proven otherwise...however it's the looks like a skunk, acts like a skunk, stinks like a this case. I really think they got caught. I think the feds wouldn't have done this if they didn't know they had 'em. I also agree, dig deep my fed friends...boroughs, school districts, etc. I think there has always been a lot of corruption in this county.

D.B. Echo said...

...junk yards, casino/resorts...I do hope the Feds dig deep.

I have been told numerous times by numerous sources that companies as a rule do not set up shop in Northeastern Pennsylvania because of the staggering levels of corruption and criminality around here - essentially, they would have to earmark far more for bribes and payoffs here than they would for most other places. I only hope that these ongoing investigations do more good than harm: that they root out the cancer without killing the patient, and without leaving the region in such a state, or with such a sullied reputation, that companies have even more reason not to locate here.