Crime Jury selection begins in corruption trial of Philadelphia DA

09:35  19 june  2017
09:35  19 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Opening statements set in bribery trial of top prosecutor

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia 's top prosecutor is set to go on trial on corruption charges. Jury selection gets underway on Monday in federal court in Philadelphia . It isn't taking long for the capital's post-shooting talk of unity to begin fraying.

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FILE - Int his Tuesday, March 28, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams departs after a preliminary hearing in his bribery and extortion case at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. Williams, the city's top prosecutor accused of taking bribes in exchange for legal favors, is set to go on trial on corruption charges. Jury selection gets underway on Monday, June 19, in federal court in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) © The Associated Press FILE - Int his Tuesday, March 28, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams departs after a preliminary hearing in his bribery and extortion case at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. Williams, the city's top prosecutor accused of taking bribes in exchange for legal favors, is set to go on trial on corruption charges. Jury selection gets underway on Monday, June 19, in federal court in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's top prosecutor is set to go on trial on corruption charges.

Jury selection gets underway on Monday in federal court in Philadelphia.

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Williams, the city's top prosecutor accused of taking bribes in exchange for legal favors, is set to go on trial on corruption charges. Jury selection gets underway on Monday, June 19, in federal court in Philadelphia .

Philadelphia 's top prosecutor is set to go on trial on corruption charges. Jury selection gets underway on Monday in federal court in Philadelphia . District Attorney Seth Williams is accused of taking bribes in exchange for legal favors.

District Attorney Seth Williams is accused of taking bribes in exchange for legal favors.

Prosecutors say Williams accepted gifts such as an all-inclusive vacation to the Dominican Republic, a couch and a Jaguar convertible from two separate business owners between 2010 and 2015. They say Williams leveraged his connections as the city's top prosecutor to intervene in legal matters on the businessmen's behalf.

The 50-year-old, two-term Democrat has denied any wrongdoing. He will not seek a third term as district attorney.

Williams previously served as the city's inspector general and was responsible for investigating corruption and misconduct.

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