By Erin T. Nissley
Walking out of the federal courthouse Monday afternoon, former county Commissioner Robert C. Cordaro said he was glad to finally have his day in court.
He paused to speak to reporters assembled on the sidewalk shortly after one of his defense attorneys, Jerry Johnson, told jurors during his opening statement that the Dunmore native was not guilty of any of the 39 counts lodged against him. His co-defendant, sitting county Commissioner A.J. Munchak, is facing 25 counts.
“We have the chance to defend ourselves finally,” Mr. Cordaro said. “I don’t know how they can prove us guilty. The facts don’t support it.”
Mr. Cordaro declined to talk about trial strategy, saying only that he and his attorneys plan to “let the trial â¦ unfold.”
About 30 minutes after Mr. Cordaro left, Mr. Munchak emerged from the courthouse flanked by his attorneys. Mr. Munchak not only declined to answer reporters’ questions, but declined to speak at all.
When asked how he thought the first day of trial went, Mr. Munchak only shrugged. Defense attorney Christopher T. Powell said he thought the first day went well.
“It’s the start of proving A.J. innocent,” the defense attorney said.