Pennsylvania Democrat Given Record Fine of $62,000 For Ethics Violations

Another Pennsylvania Democrat is in the news.

And not for good reasons.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 

“The city Board of Ethics fined District Attorney Seth Williams $62,000 – the largest penalty in the board’s history – for failure to report five sources of income and 89 gifts on city financial statements. In addition, Williams will be required to disgorge to the city $2,840, the value of the prohibited gifts he accepted.

‘Among the gifts District Attorney Williams failed to disclose… were 20 gifts from individuals who had a financial interest that the District Attorney was able to substantially affect through official action at the time they gave the gifts,’ the Ethics Board news release said. ‘These individuals 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.'”

Here he is (via bizjournals.com):

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Apparently, Williams was a rising star in Democrat politics. Here’s background on him, via Penn State University:

“In 2009, he was elected as Philadelphia’s district attorney. With more than 75 percent of the vote, Williams became the first African-American district attorney in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since taking office in 2010, Williams has put an emphasis on crime prevention. He has transitioned the court system into six geographic zones or bureaus, so Philadelphia can adopt community-based prosecution. Williams received the USA Eisenhower Fellowship award, an award given by the Eisenhower Fellowship, a private, nonprofit, non-partisan organization that fosters international understanding and leadership through the exchange of information, ideas and perspectives among emerging leaders throughout the world. He has also been selected for the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship Program for Leadership, a program only opened to 24 U.S. political leaders who are deemed ‘rising stars’ in their communities.”

This comes on the heels of two Democrat judges being punished for “case-fixing” schemes.

If Seth William were a Republican, this would be national news.

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