Friday, June 17, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1645, June 17th, 2011


The testimony phase of the Cordaro/Mnchak trial ended today. The Jury went home and will get the weekend to digest all the facts presented over the last ten days by the Prosecution and the Defense. The attorneys will use the weekend to prepare and refine their final arguments.
This morning Cordaro retook the stand and testified about an appointment he supposedly had with Michael Pasonick. He said that while the meeting was on his schedule he was at McMullen’s Bar all day celebrating the big day. That testimony was going to be buttressed by the appearance of Timothy Early. Early backed up Cordaro’s story that he was drinking with Cordaro at McMullen’s but a Federal official pulled out Cordaro’s schedule and that alibi if you will was refuted.
Earlier in the day the Defense called a few character witnesses. One of them Peter DellaPorta sang Cordaro’s praises saying he was a stand up guy who lived within the law The aforementioned Timothy Earl was called as a type of strategy since he and his company were big supporters of Cordaro’s opponents but yet he was allowed to keep his county contract.
The defense had an array set up to call but sent a few of them home when they decided to pair the list down.
The Judge sent the jury home at 2pm. After 9 and ½ days, 47 witnesses and more drama than a Law and Order made for TV movie, it is almost over. Closing arguments begin on Monday at 9:30AM and then Judge Richard Caputo will charge the jury.
After that, the fate of two guys who never expected to win their attempt to topple the long standing Democratic regime in Lackawanna County during the '03 elections will learn their fate. As they sit and wait for the decision, the joy and promise of that victory 8 years ago will be a distant memory of the past. The future is now for Bob and A.J. and that starts on Monday afternoon in a jury room.


At 1:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stick a fork in Cordaro-He's done.
The appeals will go on for decades!

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyical police work, they throw so much garbage at the defendents that it confuses the real issues and the jury gets lost in the mix and in comes Mr Shadow of a Doubt.

At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The immunity grants are a real troubling point in this case. The fact that people no longer trust the government including the feds who investigate and get promoted on results is also a factor. The threat of jail should have been enough to scare these businessmen who themselves broke the law. Maybe we'd be better served to have some of the witnesses in jail rather than the commissioners. Any way you look at it these were not upstanding citizens who were involved in any of this. Pity the honest businessman or woman trying to exist in Lackawanna County!


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