NJ calls for convicted Trenton mayor to be removed

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey officials have filed legal paperwork to remove the mayor of the state’s capital city from office after he was convicted of corruption.

The state Attorney General’s Office filed a request Monday with a state Superior Court judge, asking that Tony Mack be kicked out of office, stripped of his pension and be barred from holding elected office again. The state lawyers asked that the case be considered an emergency so Mack could be ousted quickly.

Mack was convicted Friday on bribery, fraud and extortion charges.

Under state law, people convicted of corruption cannot continue to hold public office. But since Mack has not resigned, the state is asking a judge to enforce the law.

Mark Davis, a lawyer for Mack, did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press about Monday’s filing. A hearing is expected before Mack would be removed, but one has not been scheduled.

City Council President George Muschal is in line to become acting mayor and complete Mack’s term, which ends July 1.

A regular city election is scheduled for May 13 to choose the next mayor and Muschal has said he does not intend to run. Mack is to be sentenced to prison the day after that election.

After a nearly monthlong trial, a federal jury last week found that Mack and his brother Ralphiel Mack, a former football coach at Trenton Central High School, participated in a scheme to take bribes in exchange for helping get approvals to develop a downtown parking garage. The deal was fictitious and part of a government sting.

Tony Mack was elected in 2010.

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