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Indicted Philadelphia DA faces deadline for hiring lawyer

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2017 1:08 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia's top prosecutor is due back in court to report on whether he's found a new lawyer for his federal bribery and extortion case.

A judge this week warned District Attorney Seth Williams that he can't delay the case as he seeks to hire new counsel. He is due back in court this afternoon.

Williams is accused of taking more than $100,000 in cash and gifts in exchange for favors. The two-term Democrat says he got into financial problems after a costly divorce.

Defense lawyer Michael Diamondstein handled Williams' arraignment last week but says he can't take the case without being paid.

Williams has pleaded not guilty. He remains in the $175,000-a-year job.

The city stopped paying for his defense when he got indicted.

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