Ed Pawlowski

Pennsylvania mayor convicted of corruption resigning office

A Pennsylvania mayor announced his resignation Thursday a week after jurors convicted him on charges that he traded city contracts for campaign cash.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski said he will step down at 5 p.m. Friday from the job he's held a dozen years.

The 52-year-old Democrat has been under intense pressure to resign since jurors convicted him last week of 47 counts. But he clung to office, showing up at City Hall, tweeting about snow preparations and economic development, and asking supporters to mount a letter-writing campaign to try to persuade the judge to impose a lenient sentence.

Pawlowski, who had served under a cloud since the FBI raided City Hall in...