Philadelphia’s top prosecutor admits corruption, will resign

Seth Williams
FILE - In this March 22, 2017 file photo, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams arrives for his arraignment on bribery and extortion charges at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. A campaign finance manager for Philadelphia's top prosecutor has testified the prosecutor spent campaign funds on ritzy social clubs, facials and massages and a $2,600 birthday party for his girlfriend. Williams is also charged with taking gifts from wealthy friends in exchange for help with their legal problems. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – In a surprise move, Philadelphia’s top prosecutor has pleaded guilty to a corruption charge and agreed to resign.

District Attorney Seth Williams pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a single count of accepting a bribe from a businessman.

The move came after weeks of damaging testimony against the two-term Democrat, who didn’t run for re-election this year.

The 50-year-old Williams was accused of illegally accepting gifts from businessmen in exchange for legal favors. He was also charged with fraudulently using thousands of dollars from his campaign fund for personal expenses, misusing city vehicles and misappropriating money intended to fund his mother’s nursing home care.

He had been charged with 29 counts of bribery, extortion and fraud.

Philly.com reports that although 28 counts were dismissed, a prosecutor said Williams admits he “committed all of the conduct.”

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