Petition: Indicted Philly D.A. Seth Williams Must Resign Immediately

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(Photo: Matt Rourke | Associated Press)

Federal authorities issued a 23-count indictment against incumbent Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams this week, with charges ranging from bribery, to Medicare fraud, to stealing from his own mother (!!).

The charges, summarized here by the Inquirer, accuse Williams of padding his six-figure, taxpayer-funded salary with modestly-luxurious gifts and vacations paid for by people seeking favors from his office. 

Investigators accused the city’s cash-strapped top prosecutor of repeatedly selling his influence and offering to intervene in a case on behalf of one wealthy benefactor. In exchange, they said, Williams accepted luxury trips to foreign locales, a used Jaguar convertible, and other gifts including a $205 Louis Vuitton necktie and a Burberry watch.

When that was not enough to cover the costs of his lush life, Williams allegedly resorted to stealing from his own mother, draining more than $20,000 of Social Security and pension income intended to pay for her nursing home to cover his mortgage and electricity bills.

While we don't know yet how this case will turn out, the available facts provide more than enough evidence to conclude that Williams is incapable of fulfilling his duties as District Attorney with the public's trust, and he must resign immediately. 

Because of his well-documented financial problems, it's likely Williams intends to hunker down and remain in office through January 2018 in order to keep collecting a paycheck, despite having totally forfeited any claims to having the good judgment and integrity that the District Attorney must have. Philly can't wait until 2018 to restore integrity to the District Attorney's office. 

That's unacceptable. Philly can't wait until 2018 to restore integrity to the District Attorney's office, and Williams needs to step aside right away.

If you agree, sign and share the petition to turn up the pressure on Williams to resign immediately. 

 

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  • Ann O'Rourke
    signed 2017-03-23 08:49:53 -0400
    Ann O’Rourke
  • Douglas Williams
    signed 2017-03-23 08:11:19 -0400
  • Valerie Hoke
    signed 2017-03-23 07:18:27 -0400
  • Amaya Capellan
    signed 2017-03-23 07:15:53 -0400
  • David Golden
    signed 2017-03-23 05:55:37 -0400
  • Holly Neckermann
    signed 2017-03-22 23:59:09 -0400
  • Jessica DeStefano
    signed 2017-03-22 21:20:18 -0400
  • Leah Stclair
    signed 2017-03-22 19:47:36 -0400
  • Sara Hirschler
    signed 2017-03-22 19:21:38 -0400
  • Jack Galgon
    signed 2017-03-22 18:48:21 -0400
  • Tess Kerins
    signed 2017-03-22 18:41:48 -0400
    Tess Kerins
  • Emily Hill
    signed 2017-03-22 18:01:32 -0400
  • Pat Khan
    signed 2017-03-22 17:05:20 -0400
    Joe Khan called for his resignation in September 6 months ago! He was the first candidate to announce that Seth must step down. Seth Williams has disgraced the distinguished DA ‘s office, Democrats, the city of Philadelphia, and the African American community. Joe Khan is the best and most qualified candidate and I sincerely hope that your newspaper endorses him for Philly’s next DA.
  • Greg Kamprath
    signed 2017-03-22 17:00:22 -0400
  • Cynthia Fulmer
    signed 2017-03-22 16:39:40 -0400
    Resign now!!!!
  • Mike Szustak
    signed 2017-03-22 16:20:06 -0400
  • Harris Pike
    signed 2017-03-22 16:17:02 -0400
  • Andrew Marshall
    signed 2017-03-22 16:02:55 -0400
    Resign, sir. You’re not fit to practice the law given you see yourself above it.
  • Joe Buckshon
    signed 2017-03-22 16:01:34 -0400
  • Suzanne Dreitlein
    signed 2017-03-22 15:45:05 -0400
  • Joseph Kerr
    signed 2017-03-22 15:45:01 -0400
  • Norma Van Dyke
    signed 2017-03-22 15:34:36 -0400
  • Amanda Feifer O'Brien
    signed 2017-03-22 15:32:40 -0400
  • Leonard Bonarek
    signed 2017-03-22 15:29:58 -0400
    I signed because, c’mon dude. You’re embarrassing all of us.
  • Colin Saltry
    signed 2017-03-22 15:28:16 -0400
  • Jennifer Bazydlo
    signed 2017-03-22 15:26:54 -0400
  • Janet Elfring
    signed 2017-03-22 15:17:35 -0400
    Janet Elfring
  • Rachael Barrett
    signed 2017-03-22 15:15:31 -0400
  • ERin Gautsche
    signed via 2017-03-22 15:11:33 -0400
    Erin E Gautsche
  • Brian Lawson
    signed 2017-03-22 15:08:54 -0400