Judge: Allentown mayor to be tried locally for corruption

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 22, 2017 11:50 AM

FILE PHOTO: Allentown Mayor Edwin Pawlowski reads a statement outside of his home in Allentown. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Allentown) -- A federal judge says the mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city will be tried on corruption charges in the federal courthouse in Allentown.

Mayor Ed Pawlowski is accused of accepting more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for city business.

Prosecutors said he put a "for-sale sign" on his office.

Judge Juan Sanchez has ordered the trial be held in the federal courthouse in the city.

The judge's order says, "It is in the public's interest that the trial in this case -- which involves matters of importance to the citizens of Allentown -- be held in Allentown."

He has set the trial for January 16th.

Because some attorneys involved are from Philadelphia, the trial will only run Mondays through Thursdays.

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