Two months after persuading voters to provide him a fourth time period, Allentown’s indicted mayor is taking his case to a jury.
Democrat Ed Pawlowski stands trial this week on federal corruption expenses, with jury choice starting Tuesday in Philadelphia. Prosecutors say the mayor ran a pay-to-play scheme. He says he is harmless.
A take a look at the chief government of Pennsylvania’s third-largest metropolis and the federal government’s case towards him:
WHO IS HE?
The Chicago native was Allentown’s financial improvement chief earlier than taking workplace as mayor in January 2006. The town’s moribund downtown has been reworked on his watch, with worthwhile state tax incentives producing a brand new hockey area, gleaming workplace buildings and upscale flats. Pawlowski has gained re-election 3 times.
WHAT’S HE ACCUSED OF?
He is accused of abusing the facility of his workplace. An indictment says Pawlowski made it clear to distributors that he anticipated marketing campaign contributions in return for metropolis contracts. Pawlowski, who ran for governor…