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


(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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  • Kevin Caffrey
    signed 2021-12-01 21:12:17 -0500
  • Meenal Raval
    signed 2017-04-09 18:24:51 -0400
  • Mark Funcannon
    signed 2017-03-29 14:22:30 -0400
    Seth Williams must go now!! He has shown he cannot effectively serve on the job. Enough is enough. Seth must resign now or Governor Wolf needs to preside in a hearing to get Seth Williams removed as DA
  • Ryan Florek
    signed 2017-03-28 11:51:52 -0400
  • Justin Brooks
    signed 2017-03-27 15:00:20 -0400
    Justijn Brooks
  • Joanna Joye
    signed 2017-03-26 20:01:51 -0400
  • Brent Groce
    signed 2017-03-25 09:34:38 -0400
  • John Margerum
    signed 2017-03-24 23:02:35 -0400
    Time for Seth to go, he has already demonstrated that he is unfit to lead the DA’s office.
  • Matthew Cross
    signed 2017-03-24 20:30:43 -0400
    Matthew Cross
  • Tiffany Wu
    signed 2017-03-24 20:06:31 -0400
  • peter cutty
    signed 2017-03-24 16:39:31 -0400
  • Elizabeth Dailey
    signed 2017-03-24 15:04:42 -0400
    I can’t believe it’s even legal for him to try and stay, only in Philadelphia where politics is till in the 1930’s. Shame on us.
  • Shani Ferguson
    signed 2017-03-24 14:04:41 -0400
    Shani R Ferguson
  • Barbara Capozzi
    signed 2017-03-24 13:42:15 -0400
    and for the Chair of our Party Brady to say, it is not Williams fault because he lacked a ‘mentor’ is adding insult to injury.

    Do you need a mentor to tell you not to steal from your elderly mom, or not to trade the power and influence of your office for a new couch/

    How did he get so much time off to go on all these free vacations and to attend every sporting event free with an entourage???
  • Kevin Snyder
    signed 2017-03-24 09:18:02 -0400
  • William Mccorkle
    signed 2017-03-23 19:49:50 -0400
  • Michelle Papachristou
    signed 2017-03-23 17:08:01 -0400
  • Jennifer Hombach
    signed 2017-03-23 16:00:34 -0400
  • Alyssa Cole
    signed 2017-03-23 15:23:17 -0400
  • Naim Dean
    signed 2017-03-23 15:05:22 -0400
  • Chris Lewis
    signed 2017-03-23 15:00:17 -0400
    Beth Grossman for DA!
  • Mary Costello
    signed 2017-03-23 14:47:23 -0400
  • Iain Levison
    signed 2017-03-23 13:50:54 -0400
    Get out. Go away. Please, just leave.
  • Robyn Smith
    signed 2017-03-23 12:44:41 -0400
  • Michael Ruzzo
    signed 2017-03-23 11:17:46 -0400
  • Josh Kopelman
    signed 2017-03-23 11:02:24 -0400
  • Lisa Howdyshell
    signed 2017-03-23 10:45:34 -0400
  • Katie Monroe
    signed 2017-03-23 10:20:12 -0400
  • Susie Mizelle
    signed 2017-03-23 10:14:19 -0400
  • Patrick Kerr
    signed 2017-03-23 09:15:54 -0400