Appealing for Common Sense
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.