Analysis

Ex-Philly DA's Midtrial Plea Shows Fear Of Lengthy Sentence

Law360, Philadelphia (June 30, 2017, 5:23 PM EDT) -- Former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams read the writing on the wall with Thursday's surprise guilty plea to one count of violating Pennsylvania bribery law eight days into his federal trial, which was likely motivated by the realization he couldn't overcome damning evidence in the case and the fear of an exorbitant prison sentence, experts say.

By copping to one count of violating the Travel Act via the bribery scheme, Williams succeeded in capping his potential sentence at five years in prison, thanks to the statutory maximum sentence for the crime. If convicted on the other 28 charges in the indictment,...

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