Seth Williams’ law license suspended by Pa. Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announced Thursday it has suspended the law license of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who is fighting federal bribery and corruption charges.


Williams agreed to the suspension on March 31, but noted that he planned to remain in office while he prepares his defense in the criminal case.

The suspension will take effect May 13.





On March 31, defense attorney Thomas F. Burke, in his first public statements since taking Williams’ case, said the city’s top prosecutor plans to limit himself to an administrative role and leave decisions on legal matters, including the hundreds of criminal cases under his office’s purview, to others. Williams will continue to collect his $175,572 annual salary.

In the week after federal prosecutors unveiled their 23-count case against Williams, he was an infrequent presence in his office, leaving day-to-day operations to his top deputy, Kathleen Martin.

Williams is accused of selling his influence to two wealthy benefactors who plied him with luxury gifts including Caribbean vacations, a used Jaguar convertible, and designer clothing. In a separate allegation, prosecutors say Williams misspent thousands of dollars intended for his mother’s nursing-home care.




Williams could face a federal jury as soon as next month











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