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Philadelphia top prosecutor set for bribery trial June 19

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams departs after for his arraignment on additional charges in his bribery and extortion case at the at the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s top prosecutor will go on trial later than initially planned in a federal bribery case that involves charges he promised legal favors in exchange for $100,000 worth of cash and gifts.

District Attorney Seth Williams’ trial is being pushed back a few weeks to June 19 after prosecutors expanded the indictment this week. A judge set the new date Friday.

The 50-year-old Williams also is accused of misusing $20,000 meant for his mother’s nursing home care. He has pleaded not guilty.

The two-term Democrat is not running for re-election. Seven Democrats and a Republican are running in Tuesday’s primary contests.

Defense lawyer Thomas Burke calls the new charges laughable.

A businessman who admits giving Williams a luxury vacation and a $3,000 sofa pleaded guilty Thursday to tax charges and is expected to cooperate.

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