Cozen O’Connor: Pay-to-Play Defense: No 'Quid Pro Quo'

Pay-to-Play Defense: No 'Quid Pro Quo'

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Megan Scheib, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group, was quoted by WFMZ-TV News. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Megan argued a motion to dismiss on due process grounds, imploring the court to drop the pay-to-play scheme charges against Allentown, Pa. attorney Scott Allinson. Mayor Ed Pawlowski has been accused of awarding city contracts in exchange for political donations, and Allinson is accused of facilitating donations for city contract work. In argument before United States District Court Judge Juan Sanchez, Megan argued the need for a “clear, unambiguous” link between political donations and an official act by an elected official, given the inherent nature of the political process and, in particular, its reliance upon private donors. She went on to argue that prosecutors attempted to “maneuver the law”, as well as the facts, in order to secure an indictment against Allinson in violation of his Fifth Amendment right to due process.

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