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Two Brothers, Key Witnesses, Granted Immunity in Snyder Trial

The "Times" file photo

HAMMOND-Two brothers who owned a trucking company and received $13,000 from former Portage Mayor James Snyder can now testify without the worry of prosecution.

The "Times" reports U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly on Monday granted immunity to Robert and Stephen Buha.

The immunity is good as long as the Buhas don't commit perjury, give false statements or fail otherwise to comply with the order.  It is not known when the Buhas will be called to testify.

The two chose to invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent in the previous trial.  Snyder's legal defense team later claimed the Buhas were threatened by prosecutors.

Snyder, the former Republican Mayor, was indicted in late 2016 and was found guilty in early 2019 of the bribery charge and federal tax violations.

The bribery verdict was overturned in late 2019, and a former judge in the case decided Snyder must face a new jury on the bribery charge.

This is now the second week in Snyder's new trial. He is still waiting on sentencing on the tax violations.


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.