Quick Trial Could Provide Lifeline For Philly DA

Law360, Philadelphia (June 16, 2017, 7:56 PM EDT) -- When Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams goes to trial on corruption charges Monday, it will have been less than 13 weeks since he was indicted, a short lead time that observers say could hamstring the government and give Williams a spark of hope in an otherwise uphill battle.

Williams faces a wide array of accusations — most prominently, that he used his influence on behalf of two businessmen in exchange for lavish gifts — and a judge widely regarded as perhaps the toughest on criminal defendants in Pennsylvania's Eastern District.

But U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond has also made matters tough...

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