Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Appealing for Common Sense

Attorney Tom Bergstrom has filed an appeal on Fred Moran's incredibly lame bribery conviction.

This case stunk from the get go. But I give the appeal less than a 50 percent chance of overturning the jury's verdict. Judges are loathe to do so, especially in political cases.

Moran tried to goose up a developer's offer during negotiations for the Haverford State property. There is no evidence or even an accusation that he sought to benefit financially himself. He was only trying to get the best deal for the township that he could.

The state claims he was trying to benefit politically by winning the esteem of the voters and that amounts to "bribery." Unreal.

As far as I can see, he's only guilty of being stupid and clumsy. Referring to his own suggestion of more money to the township as "extortion" was certainly dumb. Criminal? I didn't see it then. And I don't see it now.

Moran would have a better chance on appeal if he'd been accused of killing somebody.

This is a murder without, not just a body, but even a missing person.

The jury blew it. Maybe a judge or several judges will set it right. But I doubt it.

11 Comments:

Anonymous randal said...

Agreed.

Love this quote. I think he borrowed it from me:

“If this be bribery, every negotiated sale of real property by a public official is tantamount to bribery,” said Bergstrom.

March 11, 2008 at 10:37 AM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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March 11, 2008 at 11:41 AM 
Anonymous r said...

See how petty vicious blind partisans can be.

March 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM 
Blogger Pro Christ Pro Gun said...

Diano:

Fred wasn't convicted of any of that stuff. Are you a partisan liberal? How about Ridley endorsing homosexuality. Did the Ridley School Board endorsement of homosexuality bring joy, happiness and gumdrops to the Diano household? How about they endorse a Bible Club? What say you, old wise one?

C. Scott Shields, Esquire
www.shieldsandhoppe.com

March 11, 2008 at 5:43 PM 
Anonymous r said...

Yes, our resident petty partisan Liberal Dave sees it as his duty to pile on any and all Repubs.

March 11, 2008 at 6:01 PM 
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March 12, 2008 at 12:05 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Even the thread title itself appealed for common sense and Dave just couldn’t oblige.

March 12, 2008 at 2:39 PM 
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March 12, 2008 at 4:20 PM 
Anonymous r said...

And would you feel that way if he were a Donkey? A black? A gay? No. You’re just playing your petty piling on because he is a Repub. Everyone knows it. Let it go.

March 12, 2008 at 8:05 PM 
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March 13, 2008 at 12:28 AM 
Anonymous randal said...

Oh, I know quite well what I am talking about.
I know that you are a vicious blind partisan and you only ever rail against Repubs while casting a blind eye (or at least a silent one) on the many LibDem scumbags. You’re ever quick to jump Gil but he plays it down the middle, letting everyone have it regardless of their political affiliation, more so than anyone. So again, don’t try to sound all objective and reasonable now when you have shown us many times that you are not.

What I do is a little different in that I am first and foremost anti-Lib. I’ll go after anyone who shows Lib tendancies. Because, as we all know, Libism is the problem. And, well, much like what you do here, the Lib Press pretty much already overly focuses on the misdoings of Repubs …while largely giving their LibDem buddies a pass. I offer balance to all that while you just pile-on.

But you are right that Fumo is a scumbag. He should be imprisoned.

March 13, 2008 at 10:43 AM 

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