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Pawlowski's attorney comments on jury's decision

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The prosecution did not make a motion to revoke bail, so the mayor remains a free man until his sentencing. The judge has not set a sentencing date.

Outside the courthouse, defense attorney Jack McMahon said he put on what he thought was a persuasive case that proved his client's innocence and was extremely disappointed in the verdict. 

"This is our system and we worked hard," he said.

When Pawlowski was asked whether he planned on resigning his office, McMahon declined comment on his client's behalf.

McMahon said he will now prepare for sentencing, noting he still have outstanding motions before the judge arguing the verdict outweighed the evidence in the case.

The trial has been an emotional time for the mayor and the city of Allentown, McMahon said. He noted the amazing transition the city has undergone during Pawlowski's tenure.

"Whatever happens here today, the community was very well served by the mayor," McMahon said.

Asst. U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek said he was thrilled with the verdict and thanked the jury with their hard work over the last six weeks.

Wzorek also thanked the FBI for its extensive, thorough investigation, and said the citizens of Allentown owe the FBI a great deal of thanks.

He said he was not surprised by the number of guilty charges returned by the jury. Wzorek also said he hopes the mayor "does the right thing," considering the cloud under which the residents of Allentown have lived for the last three years.

When asked to comment on whether he liked to see the mayor resign, he declined to elaborate.

"I hope the mayor does the right thing. I'll leave it at that," Wzorek said.

Asst. U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan tried the Pawlowski case alongside Wzorek and will try a similar pay-to-play trial in Reading. When asked what kind of effect Pawlowski's resounding guilty plea could have on the Reading case, Morgan declined to comment.

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