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Philadelphia top prosecutor set for bribery trial June 19

Written by The Associated Press | May 12, 2017 3:10 PM
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In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. A law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation says the FBI and IRS will announce corruption charges Tuesday, March 21, 2017, against Williams. The charges come after a lengthy investigation into $160,000 in gifts that Williams failed to report, including a new roof, a $2,700 couch and luxury vacations.


(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia's top prosecutor will go on trial June 19 in a federal bribery case that involves charges he promised legal favors in exchange for $100,000 worth of cash and gifts.

District Attorney Seth Williams's trial is being pushed back a few weeks after prosecutors expanded the indictment this week. A judge set the new date Friday.

The 50-year-old Williams is also accused of misusing $20,000 meant for his mother's nursing home care. He has pleaded not guilty.

The two-term Democrat is not running for re-election. Seven Democrats and a Republican are running in Tuesday's primary contests.

Defense lawyer Thomas Burke calls the new charges laughable.

A businessman who admits giving Williams a luxury vacation and $3,000 sofa pleaded guilty Thursday to tax charges and is expected to cooperate.

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