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Trenton mayor convicted of extortion, bribery

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The mayor of New Jersey's capital city could soon be removed from office.

A federal jury convicted Tony Mack on Friday of bribery, fraud and extortion Friday. And state law prevents him from staying in office.

The panel found Mack and his brother, Ralphiel, participated in a scheme to take money in exchange for helping get approvals to develop a downtown parking garage. The deal was fictitious and part of a government sting.

Jurors did not buy Tony Mack's defense that he was unaware of the nature of the building project and never accepted any bribes. Neither defendant testified during the trial.

Mack has been mayor since 2010.

He joins a list of other New Jersey mayors who have been convicted or pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

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