Thursday, June 29, 2017

Philly DA Williams pleads guilty to bribes, extortion and fraud

Embattled Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams admitted to taking bribes, extortion and fraud, reported The Legal Intelligencer.
Williams entered his guilty plea as part of a deal with the government, with prosecutors to dismiss 28 of the 29 charges against him, in exchange for admitting to one count; that he took bribes, including a trip to Punta Cana from Feasterville businessman Mohammed Ali in exchange for helping Ali to bypass airport security.
Williams also submitted his letter of resignation to U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond during the proceedings in Philadelphia's federal courthouse. Diamond ordered the letter be delivered to Mayor Jim Kenney by the end of the day.
Today's guilty plea marks an anticlimactic end to a once promising future for Williams, who at his peak was considered a contender for mayor or even higher office.

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