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Deadline Set for Convicted Trenton Mayor

by Associated Press

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    Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, right, and his brother Ralphiel Mack, third right, walk from Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Building and United States Courthouse after closing arguments in their trial Thursday evening, Feb. 6, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. The mayor of New Jersey's capital city is a victim of government investigators who used a fake land deal and a slick-talking middleman posing as a powerbroker to ensnare him, the mayor's attorney told jurors during closing arguments at his corruption trial Thursday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge is giving the mayor of New Jersey's capital city 12 days to make a case for why he should not be thrown out of office after being found guilty of corruption.

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack was convicted last week of taking bribes in exchange for helping get approvals for a real-estate development in a fictitious deal that was part of a government sting.

The state Attorney General's Office filed papers this week requesting Mack be removed from office and stripped of his pension. Judge Mary Jacobson on Wednesday gave Mack until Feb. 24 to submit papers explaining why he should not be thrown out.

Mack could not be reached for comment Wednesday night, and his criminal defense lawyer did not immediately return a call.

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