ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Religious, community and business leaders in Pennsylvania's third-largest city are taking the witness stand in defense of the embattled mayor in his federal corruption trial.
Two pastors, a teacher and a business owner are among the character witnesses telling a jury Tuesday that Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is honest, trustworthy and law-abiding.
Federal prosecutors allege that the Democrat sold his office to campaign donors. Pawlowski is battling an indictment that includes dozens of accusations of fraud, bribery, attempted extortion and lying to the FBI.
Prosecutors allege that Pawlowski rigged a series of contracts to go to law firms and businesses that supported his campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate. Pawlowski denies wrongdoing.
The corruption trial entered its fifth week Tuesday.