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U.S. Attorney holds press conference on Pawlowski guilty verdict

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A jury handed down a mostly guilty verdict against Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski Thursday in his corruption trial.

Jurors largely accepted the prosecution's picture of the mayor as masterminding a scheme to trade city contracts for campaign contributions.

He was found guilty on 47 of 54 charges, and as a result will have to leave office.

After the verdicts were read, federal prosecutors praised the outcome.

They said the verdicts send a message that corrupt politicians are not above the law.

U.S. Attorney Louis Lappen issued a statement that reads, in full:

“Today’s guilty verdicts send the message again to corrupt politicians that they are not above the law. The jury has held Mayor Pawlowski accountable for selling his office to the highest bidder to fund his personal ambitions. Thinking only of himself, he deprived Allentown residents of their right to receive honest and faithful services from their municipal government. The mayor then tried to cover up his crimes by destroying evidence, lying to the FBI agents who were investigating him, and lying to the federal jurors who heard his case. Our prosecutors and law enforcement partners worked extremely hard to investigate this case, which also resulted in 10 guilty pleas. We hope that those in public office receive the clear message that justice system will not tolerate these abuses of the public trust.”

The U.S. Attorney's office will held a press conference Friday morning to formally address the verdict. Watch the press conference here.

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