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Cordaro lawyer denounces FBI, prosecutors in bribe conviction

The attorney for former Lackawanna County Commissioner Robert Cordaro leveled a new round of accusations against U.S. prosecutors and FBI agents in Cordaro’s June conviction on bribery and related charges.

In a reply to post-trial motions, attorney William Costopoulos repeated prior statements that a key witness, Al Hughes, lied under oath about his gambling habits. He also stated the FBI had intimidated “potential defense witnesses” such as Glen Gress, who could have testified to the unreliability of Hughes’ statements.

The brief states Gress told a private investigator that the FBI visited him and said he shouldn’t testify because that would bring his family into the case and “you don’t want that to happen.”

Costopoulos stated Cordaro had a large amount of cash at home because he often saved about half his income. The brief includes a sheet showing that, from 2004 through 2007, Cordaro made about $143,000 to $189,000 in his law practice and $23,000 to $81,000 in rental income, saving $502,005 in that span.

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