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Character witnesses testify for embattled Allentown mayor

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 20, 2018 3:39 PM
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Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who is facing corruption charges, walks from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after a pretrial hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Pawlowski has denied accusations that he accepted more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for city contracts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


(Allentown) -- A parade of character witnesses have testified in defense of the embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city at his federal corruption trial.

Several pastors, a teacher and a business owner were among the defense witnesses telling a jury Tuesday that Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is honest, trustworthy and law-abiding.

One of the witnesses, Saddam Al Azzi, is an Iraqi immigrant and former neighbor who met the mayor while shoveling snow. He expressed surprise that Pawlowski shoveled himself and called him humble.

Federal prosecutors allege that the Democrat rigged a series of contracts to go to law firms and businesses that supported his campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate. Pawlowski denies wrongdoing.

The corruption trial entered its fifth week Tuesday. The fourth-term mayor is expected to take the stand in his own defense.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Allentown) -- A parade of character witnesses have testified in defense of the embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city at his federal corruption trial.

Several pastors, a teacher and a business owner were among the defense witnesses telling a jury Tuesday that Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is honest, trustworthy and law-abiding.

Federal prosecutors allege that the Democrat rigged a series of contracts to go to law firms and businesses that supported his campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate. Pawlowski denies wrongdoing.

The corruption trial entered its fifth week Tuesday. Jurors were sent home early Tuesday and the trial resumes Wednesday.

The mayor, who just began his fourth term, is expected to take the stand in his own defense.

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