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Feds say Pawlowski's motion needs to be denied, lacks facts

PHILADELPHIA - The federal government responded to Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's motion to throw out his case on 54 corruption charges Wednesday. 

According to documents, the government says the mayor had his car searched for listening devices and signaled to campaign operatives with "hand gestures" that places may be "bugged." He also encouraged city employees to use private emails to avoid recovery. 

The government argues Pawlowski made statements about not being engaged in pay-to-play schemes after rumors circulated that his friend Mike Fleck wired up for the FBI. But, the government had nine months of intercepted conversations made by another cooperating witness before Fleck and also had 16 months of wire taps. 

Members of the government said the recorded conversations with Pawlowski show his pay-to-play intent was "crystal clear."

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