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Philadelphia top prosecutor's bribery trial may be delayed

Written by The Associated Press | May 11, 2017 1:48 PM
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Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams arrives for his arraignment on bribery and extortion charges at the federal courthouse, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Philadelphia.

(PHILADELPHIA) -- A lawyer for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams expects his fast-track bribery trial set for this month to be delayed for several weeks.

Defense lawyer Thomas Burke after a hearing in the case Thursday calls new charges added to the case this week ``laughable.''

The 50-year-old Williams is charged with promising legal favors in exchange for more than $100,000 in cash, gifts and trips.

The revised indictment Tuesday includes new charges that he spent $4,000 in campaign money on personal expenses after funneling it through a consultant.

Williams had been set to go on trial May 31, just two months after his arrest.

Burke says he is working with prosecutors on a new date as they debate a Supreme Court ruling that narrows the definition of official bribery.

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