Oh, Dem Ruby Slippers
The case is going to be a tough one to make, although Moran made it a little easier describing what he was asking of the developer was "extortion."
That he used the word in front of a political enemy (Andy Lewis) and to the developer himself suggests an innocence of mind.
After all, he was not asking for the money to put in his own pocket. According to his lawyer, he was "renegotiating" the purchase of the Haverford State Property so that the township, which was facing a budget short-fall, would get something out it.
The prosecution's theory is that he was requesting the money in order to enhance his political power. Maybe. But if that's a crime, every pork-scarfing pol in America ought to be locked up.
Moran's problem was the crudity with which he made his request/demand.
When it comes to asking developers to contribute to township's common good, like getting the ruby slippers off dorothy, it must be done "delicately."
Moran is certainly guilty of being indelicate. Whether he is guilty of anything else is more doubtful.