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Prosecutors need more time to prepare for Pawlowski trial

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Federal prosecutors said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's pay-to-play case is so complex, they need more time.

Pawlowski is facing more than 50 counts in the Allentown corruption scandal, including fraud and bribery charges.

Prosecutors said they plan to call more than 40 witnesses in the case and need to dig through hundreds of intercepted phone calls and thousands of documents.

They said scheduling a trial date in January should give both them, and the defense, enough time to prepare.

Pawlowski pleaded not guilty at his first court date in July and will continue to seek a fourth term as mayor.

Pawlowksi attorney Jack McMahon said the defense has started receiving volumes of evidence, including hours of tape conversations.

Former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer was also indicted, accused of shaking down businesses for campaign contributions in return for city work. He also pleaded not guilty.

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