Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s divisive, race-baiting district attorney, entered a guilty plea in his federal corruption trial yesterday. The move confirmed what most Philly law enforcement professionals already knew; the man was irredeemably corrupt.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams abruptly resigned his office and agreed to plead guilty in a surprise move that ended a federal bribery trial…
But minutes after accepting Williams’ decision, the judge presiding over the case made a startling announcement of his own — ordering the city’s top prosecutor handcuffed and immediately hauled off to prison.
“I have a guilty plea from the highest law enforcement officer in the city,” U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond said. “He betrayed his office and he sold his office. I am appalled by the evidence that I have heard.”
Even as he faced indictment on 29 counts of bribery, fraud, and honest services fraud, Williams had clung to his position and its $176,000 annual salary, vowing he would be vindicated at trial.
Williams, obviously, is a Democrat. I mention this only because his party affiliation is listed nowhere in this article. Sadly, Williams’ plea deal means he will only see – at worst – five years in prison; not nearly enough for this despicable piece of detritus.