Saturday, September 12, 2009

Another day another indictment

SCRANTON – A retired Wilkes-Barre detective was charged Friday by federal authorities with accepting a bribe in connection with his position as a member of the Luzerne County Housing Authority. William Maguire of Mountain Top is the second member of the authority’s board to be charged in the past 10 days.

So now we now know who Jerry Bonner was sharing his ill gotten bounty with but the person with the deep pockets has yet to be named. Maguire is another local politico that has plead guilty to just one charge of corruption.

I know that the US Attorney has a reason for getting a plea agreement from all these crooks but I would like to see a full accounting of their crimes like what just happened with the Juvie Brothers.

What else have they done?


Katak Dude (DW) said...

Gort: I've been told you do not need to reside in the district to run for the US Congress seats. Is that true of any other elected positions covering Luzerne County? Enough is enough.

Gort said...

KD, I'm not totally sure but I think you have to be a resident of the county to run for office.

The Scranton Guardian said...

Keep the indictments coming !!!

Anonymous said...

People seem to revel in the situation of our area getting a terrible beating with federal indictments. The more the better according to many posters. The Pittston Area School Director was hammered because he allowed a vendor to pay for a Christmas party. Helloooooo, did anyone ever hear of the word "lobbyist"? Who cares that the man's life is destroyed because he got into a world where gratuities are common place? I'm not talking about kickbacks, I'm talking about a successful businessman paying for a Christmas Party. If that's all they have then shame on them and curse their Salem like witch hunt. Go after those that need going after but let me know when a lunch or a cup of coffee becomes an indictable offense, I'll rent a bus for the Feds. And please, don't give me that stuff about the one indictment was only the surface and that there were many but they settled for one. BS! If their going to teach a lesson then teach the damn thing and tell the people all of the truth, not just a sampling that allows the negative imaginations to run wild.

Austin said...

Dude, you must have a residence and be registered to vote inside a congressional district to run for that seat. I forget how long you need to live their prior but it isn't very long.

Anonymous said...

I'm having a hard time beliving that the residency was a serious question ..... any fourth grader knows that residency is required for each and every office, right down to and including a constable. Does anyone remeber Rick Santorum had a home in VA, his kids went to scholl in VA but he had a vacant house in PA that was listed as his "official" residence? What scares me is that the people asking these questions are going to vote in November. I would love to know their true criteria for selecting candidates.

Anonymous said...

I just read my own posting, looks like a spell checker would be a good thing for us who have spell chalenged fingers.

Austin said...

Nobody minds the spelling, I am challenged in that area myself. I would appreciate it if people could restrain themselves from deriding others as less intelligent than a fourth grader. Or at least have the courage of their convictions not to post as anonymous when they do it.

Kayak Dude said... was a legitimate and serious question re: running for Congress as a non-resident of the district. I was told by a former congressional candidate that state residency was required, but not district residency. There is plenty of easy to find information online to support this. Thoughts?

Kayak Dude said...

From the US Constitution:

Article I
Section 1. All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Section 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.

No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen.

I learned that in third grade...thank you. And I will vote intelligently.