- Associated Press - Friday, September 22, 2017

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge says the mayor of Pennsylvania’s third-largest city will be tried on corruption charges in the federal courthouse there, not in Philadelphia.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is accused of accepting more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for city business. Prosecutors said he put a “for-sale sign” on his office.

The (Allentown) Morning Call (https://bit.ly/2hog9y5 ) says that’s why Judge Juan Sanchez on Thursday ordered the trial be held in that city’s federal courthouse.

The judge’s order says, “It is in the public’s interest that the trial in this case - which involves matters of importance to the citizens of Allentown - be held in Allentown.”

The judge set the trial for Jan. 16. Because some attorneys involved are from Philadelphia, the trial will only run Mondays through Thursdays.

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