Philadelphia D.A. Pleads Guilty

Philadelphia’s history making D.A. has plead guilty to bribery.

On Thursday, R. Seth Williams plead guilty to bribery and quit his position as Philadelphia’s chief law enforcement officer.

The unexpected plea came after  more than two weeks of testimony. Prosecutors alleged that Williams took cash and gifts from business people in return for offers of legal help.

Williams was elected in 2009 as the city’s first black district attorney. He now faces a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000. He is currently scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 24 and is being held in custody until that time.

His guilty plea was on one charge of travel and use of interstate facilities to facilitate bribery. In exchange, prosecutors will drop the remaining 28 charges he was facing.

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