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Judge: Mayor Pawlowski's trial to be held in Allentown

The mayor of Allentown will be judged in the city he runs.

A federal judge said Ed Pawlowski's trial on political corruption charges will be held at the federal courthouse in Allentown.

The judge said it's in the public interest of the people of Allentown for Mayor Pawlowski to have his trial at the federal courthouse in Allentown, just across the street from the office he's worked out of for more than a decade. 

Jury selection, which pools people from the entire eastern district of Pennsylvania, will still happen in Philadelphia starting January 16.

Judge Juan R. Sanchez also notes the trial will be held Monday through Thursday, with Fridays off, "to mitigate any inconvenience to counsel from holding the trial in Allentown."

Pawlowski pleaded not guilty at his first court date in July, after being charged in an alleged pay-to-play scheme.

Through the FBI's two-year probe, Pawlowski was charged with more than 50 counts in the Allentown corruption scandal, accused of accepting more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for city business.

Prosecutors likened the scheme to putting a for-sale signs on his office.

His attorney, Jack McMahon, said his client is ready to fight the charges and will continue to seek a fourth term as mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city.

Pawlowski will stand trial with co-defendants Scott Allinson and James Hickey.

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