Mike Fleck

Pennsylvania mayor convicted of selling office

A Pennsylvania mayor was convicted Thursday of selling his office to campaign donors in a wide-ranging scheme meant to fuel his political ambitions for statewide office.

Jurors at the federal corruption trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski convicted him of 47 of the 54 charges he faced, a verdict that will force the Democrat from office and end his 12-year tenure as leader of Pennsylvania's third-largest city.

Pawlowski, who began a fourth term in January, cried in the courtroom after the verdict was read, and his wife collapsed in a hallway.

A co-defendant, lawyer Scott Allinson, was convicted of bribing Pawlowski for legal work for his firm.

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