Another criminal scandal has shaken up the whole Democratic Party. Today, one of the most powerful Democrats was detained by the feds.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams was arrested for taking more than $160,000 in luxury gifts. In exchange for many different favors, he also took trips and cash as drifts. He was also involved in one court case and he will go to trial because many federal corruption charges started against him.
via Patriot Beacon
This came after authorities had been investigating Williams for two years. Court documents reveal that the gifts Williams received included stays he took with his then-girlfriend in a presidential suite of a Punta Cana resort; a custom $3,400 sofa; and a used Jaguar convertible, with insurance coverage to match.
Authorities say that in exchange for the gifts, Williams offered to help a friend’s friend seek a reduced jail sentence in a criminal case run by his office. He was also given $7,000 for helping a business owner friend meet with an airport police official in an attempt to avoid enhanced screening when returning to the U.S. from foreign trips.
The prosecutor claims that he ran into financial trouble after a divorce and while paying private school tuition for his daughters.
When the Philadelphia Board of Ethics looked into Williams’ finances earlier this year, it found 20 gifts from prohibited sources, “individuals who had a financial interest that the District Attorney was able to substantially affect through official action. They included criminal defense attorneys who were handling cases prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office, as well as subordinate employees and contractors of the District Attorney’s Office.”
The board then imposed a $62,000 fine, it’s largest ever, on Williams for various violations including failing to disclose gifts and sources of income and accepting gifts from prohibited sources.
Arrests like this should start happening more because all the party apparently seems to be corrupted. Great job.