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Trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski takes some unexpected turns

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The government got him to plead guilty. The government got him to cooperate against the mayor, but the government never had Dale Wiles take the stand.

Pawlowski's attorney did.

"A classic tactic of Sun Tzu's Art of War, you bring your supplies with you but you forage on the enemy. That's exactly what the defense is doing, they're using the government's own witnesses and evidence to show there is no case against the mayor," said Gary Asteak.

Defense attorney Gary Asteak does not represent the mayor.

Former federal prosecutor Seth Weber is not trying the case.

"The prosecutor's job is to call the least amount of witnesses that have credibility issues, and that's what the government did here," Weber said.

The former assistant city solicitor pleaded guilty and implicated the mayor.

Weber and Asteak say the defense calling Wiles presented benefits to both Pawlowski and the government.

"There is no downside at all, in fact it looks good. It shows that the government is hiding something," said Asteak.

"It doesn't look bad for the government. If the defense calls him, that's fine, because then the government gets to cross examine the witness, and that's a better position to be in," Weber said.

On the stand this week Wiles denied ever hearing the mayor connect city work with campaign contributions.

"They can't provide that magic language, quid pro quo," Asteak said.

"It really comes down to, how explicit does an explicit agreement have to be?" said Weber.

Could the defense call other government witnesses the prosecution decided not to call? Time will tell. It'll also tell if the mayor takes the stand and it could happen by early next week.


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