Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Less of, But Still a Travesty

Fred Moran was sentenced yesterday to six months probation and a $10,000 fine for his alleged extortion attempt against a developer.

I say alleged, even though a jury convicted him of bribery. I'm betting his conviction is overturned by an appeals court that recognizes we'd have to lock up just about every politician in America if what Moran was found guilty of is a crime.

This is nothing short of prosecutorial abuse.

The man asked for no money and took no money for himself. While negotiating the price of the Haverford State Hospital property as a public official, he tried to get the developer to pay $500,000 more when the deal changed.

His intent was to benefit the people of his community. Even if an ancillary benefit of being well thought of by his constituents might have accrued to him that is an amazing and terrible reason to charge anyone with a CRIME!

This case reeked from the very beginning. If Moran can charged, so can the Attorney General of Pa. -- with prosecutorial misconduct. After all, can we not wonder his motive in bringing this case at all. Can we not suppose that the AG wanted to be thought of as a crusader against political corruption? Maybe to help him get elected governor one day?

Let's keep it simple people. "Any public official (anyone acting on behalf of the United States, such as a senator, witness, or juror) who demands, receives, or accepts a bribe in exchange for orchestrating an illegal change in his duties" is guilty of bribery.

Nothing like that was proven in the Moran case. And yet we say that Moran got a "break." Well, maybe he did yesterday. But if Moran is an example of the luck of the Irish. I'm glad I'm English.


Anonymous randal said...

This is a just sentence for what he did. Even though Dave will no doubt show up here and bemoan it, once again showing just how out of step he and his blind vicious partisanship is.

March 18, 2008 at 10:19 AM 
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March 18, 2008 at 10:51 AM 
Anonymous r said...


March 18, 2008 at 10:55 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...


If you have evidence that Fred Moran committed the crime of embezzlement, I would suggest you immediately go to the Attorney General's office with it.

Otherwise, you should be more careful about what you accuse people of in a public forum. It's call slander and it is legally actionable.

As for it being OK to convict someone of a crime they didn't commit because well, they must be guilty of some other offense, that is not what I would call a very progressive argument.

That is the sort of thinking fascists engage in. You should know better.

March 18, 2008 at 11:52 AM 
Anonymous r said...

See how Dave’s blind vicious partisanship and dopey Libism always cause his “arguments” to fall all apart.

March 18, 2008 at 12:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gil -

Does the following formula explain your fervid desire to protect a convicted felon and accuse the prosecutor of misconduct?

TOM BERGSTROM (Moran's lawyer) = ART DONATO(your very close friend)?

March 19, 2008 at 8:06 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

No, but thanks for asking because it brings back memories of Penn Delco and its former solicitor's campaign to save his job by sanctimoniously accusing others of wrongdoing.

March 19, 2008 at 8:37 AM 
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