Friday, July 13, 2018

A Strong Message

A recently-sentenced attorney has been suspended by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as a result of a criminal conviction.

The Morning Call reporte

Calling it a warning to others who might offer or take bribes, a federal judge on Friday sentenced former Allentown lawyer Scott Allinson to more than two years in prison for a pay-to-play scheme in which he was convicted this year with former Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez said Allinson’s offer to gather donations for Pawlowski’s U.S. Senate campaign in exchange for promises of legal work for his firm undermined the public’s right to a fair, open and honest city contracting process and damaged trust in elected officials.

“The sentence I impose today must reflect the seriousness of the offense and must send a strong, powerful message to the community of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown and the nation,” Sanchez said.

Allinson was led by U.S. marshals from the courtroom after Sanchez revoked his bail, agreeing with prosecutors that Allinson’s assets made him a flight risk.

The suspension is an interim one until final discipline is imposed. (Mike Frisch)

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