Less of, But Still a Travesty
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.