Former DA Seth Williams disbarred ahead of sentencing

- Former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has been disbarred, according to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The court announced the news via Twitter Thursday night.

Williams pleaded guilty to a single count of accepting a bribe from a businessman in exchange for legal favors. At the time, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said he was not inclined to trust Williams' assurances about appearing for sentencing set for Oct. 24, so he ordered him jailed. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

The plea came after a trial featuring damaging testimony about a stream of money and gifts showered on him, from a lavish Caribbean vacation to cash bribes.

Williams, a graduate of Georgetown Law School, was the city's first black district attorney. He spent years as an assistant prosecutor and became the city's inspector general, tasked with rooting out corruption, before first winning office in 2009.

The two-term Democrat was forced to surrender his law license back in March following his indictment. 

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