Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski did not show up for work Friday at City Hall but he has also not resigned.
A jury found Pawlowski guilty of selling his office to campaign donors. He was convicted Thursday night of 47 of the 54 counts against him.
It was a stunning blow to a mayor that has maintained his innocence since the FBI raided City Hall more than two years ago.
"Mayor Pawlowsk took an oath. An oath as mayor. He turned that oath on its head. Thinking only of himself and his obsession to generate campaign contributions," said U.S. Attorney Louis Lappen during a press conference in Philadelphia Friday morning.
Lappen praised the work of federal investigators and thanked the jurors for finding the truth.
Pawlowski must resign but he has not as of early Friday afternoon. Prosecutors urged him to resign.
"Obviously what we learned from the jury's verdict in this case in this mayor was unfit to serve as mayor before, and he's certainly unfit now. He should resign," Lappen said.
Watch the press conference in full in the video window above.
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