Friday, June 24, 2011

Phrase of the Week

There will be no graphic accompanying today's blog entry, for obvious reasons.

A lot came out of the federal corruption trial of Bob Cordaro and AJ Munchak that ended Tuesday afternoon.

We learned that Bob and AJ loved the high life.  Bob felt cash was king.  AJ enjoyed his time in the casinos.  I don't have a problem with their behavior, as long as the money was obtained legally.

Local businesses saw paying bribes and kickbacks as part of the cost of doing business.  Only one had the backbone to stand up and say "no."  Sad, but true.

There were an awful lot of people walking around the city with big wads of money in their pockets.

Witnesses with made honest mistakes or committed perjury.  You be the judge.

High on the list, maybe at the top, of memorable moments took place on the courthouse steps after the verdicts came in.  Newly convicted felon AJ Munchak once again reaffirmed his innocence, by saying federal investigators never traced any ill gotten money back to him, in spite of a "financial colonoscopy."

AJ had an interesting way of describing the federal investigation, and kudos for that.  He did bring up a good point-- that the investigation and trial left a lot of unanswered questions.  Apparently, the jury had enough evidence to convict, and that's what it's all about.  We'l see if the verdicts hold up on appeal.

AJ wasn't the only one getting a colonoscopy.  Everyone who believed in business ethics and honest government received the procedure.