2012-09-20 / Local & State

Convicted Pa. County Commissioners Want New Trials

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Two former county commissioners from northeastern Pennsylvania are asking for new trials after being convicted on federal corruption charges.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports ex-Lackawanna commissioners A.J. Munchak and Robert Cordaro have each asked for new trials in the last week, claiming judicial and prosecutorial errors.

Both men were convicted in June 2011 of extorting bribes from contractors seeking or doing county business. Prosecutors pegged the total amount of bribes taken at more than $400,000.

Munchak was convicted of eight counts and sentenced to seven years in prison. Cordaro was convicted on 18 counts and got 11 years.

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