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the stand. we had not decided that yet. >> can you tell us how it is going so far? >> it's up to the client to decide. we were going to make that decision this weekend if a trial continued we were going to work all weekend and make the decision by tuesday. >> was he willing to go? >> he was willing to testify. >> a real turn in terms of -- i would say leading into court up to today. he has been positive. ready to go for your efforts in defending him and then an emotional seth williams. at times shaking -- >> he came to the realization that he would have to resign from the office he loved and worked so hard to abstain. the realization he is facing jail time and time away from his
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family that changed his demeanor. you saw how emotional he was, this is a dramatic turning point in his life. >> anything trigger this? >> we can conceivably file a motion for his custody status. >> -- [ inaudible ] and also there was an $4,000 is that related to the ethics fine? >> that is related to any gifts he may have received under the indictment. under the terms of the plea agreement he would have to forfeit what he got with that. >> that is valued at $64,000? >> yes. that is correct. anything else. thank you gentlemen. >> you have been listening to philadelphia district attorney seth williams' defense team
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outside of the courthouse where he plead guilty this morning. lets go to vernon odom with more on this development today. >> reporter: stunning developments here this afternoon sara. you heard seth williams defense lawyer say they are working on an appeal this morning after seth williams pleaded guilty to one count of bribery in this massive corruption case against him. the judge paul diamond had him immediately handcuffed and led away and stay there until object the 24th that is the sentencing date. he said williams -- doesn't trust him and judge diamond implied he could be a flight risk. at 10:55 this morning seth williams entered a guilty plea entering his corruption trial here and resigning from his post
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as two term district attorney. and possibly serving up to five years in prison. that comes october 24th. weigh a long time political fixture around town seven years in the da's office and plead guilty to one count of accepting a prescribe from muhammad ali. seth williams in court this morning admitted to all the other acts and statementses against him. those included accepting free trips to the dominican republic paid for by muhammad ali, the bucks county businessman that they say had befriended him and accepting bribes in the terms of airline tickets from a bar owner, michael weis in return for helping weis in liquor regulatory issues on the west
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coast. williams also pleaded guilty to defrauding his own political action commit eusing the money for his own use including massages and expensive dinners at the union league and paying for memberships at both of those outfits and defrauding his mother's nursing home in darby, delaware county and using that money for his personal use. instead of putting it for his ailing mother's care there. and used city vehicles for his personal use and plead guilty to that as well this morning. said he did all of that. on october 24th, that is the sentencing date. he could look up to five years in prison and many hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, that is up to judge paul diamond. and this morning williams said to the court i'm just sorry for all of this, that was his major statement and took the witness stand to tell the judge he would
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not be a flight risk with less than $200 in his bank account and nowhere to go. and the judge did not trust him any way and had federal marshals handcuff him and saying they would keep him in the federal prison until october 24th, when he is due to be sentenced. vernon odom, reporting live from center city. >> stunning developments thank you. a lot going on surrounding the story we expect to hear from the fbi shortly and a news conference with the city's first assistant district attorney. and for the latest updates head to our website at or the 6 abc mobile app. in other news at 12:30, the search continues this noon. with two women and a man suspected in a string of violent robberies in both philadelphia and delaware county. "action news" reporter jeanette reyes reports that investigators
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are becoming concerned about the growing violence. >> we have new video this afternoon of the two women behind a string of robberies both in philadelphia and upper darby. police say that they are concerned they are becoming more aggressive with each incident. a trio of robbers behind three incidents. that are becoming more violent. here is footage of one robbery. we are asking for the public's help to identify the individuals, they have gotten more aggressive. >> the police say that the suspects believed to be two women and a man held up a dominoes driver along the 6400 block of gray street and stole his hyundai sonata and use that vehicle for a robbery on kent
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street. the victim an 86-year-old grandmother visiting from ecuador. >> the woman tried to take her bag and look at her and give her a quick punch. >> the hyundai was in a crash on north 62nd and found no occupants inside and two days later a dominoes driver was robbed and his volvo stolen. >> the pizza driver are trying to do the right thing and make a few dollars and cab drivers out making a living and they are committing crimes and laying fear on everybody. >> you get an 86-year-old woman and they pistol whip her to get her handbag. that bothers me. they are violent predators and scum bags. >> police believe there could be a fourth person, the get away driver in all of this. if anyone recognizes the faces in those images, police want to
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speak with you. channel 6 "action news." police in south philadelphia are asking for your help identifying two armed robbery suspects. surveillance video from june 12th shows the suspects walking along the 1100 block of south 17th street at 10:45 at night. police say they are approached the victim and held a gun to the victim's stomach and got away with the iphone 6 and a black battery case and $300, no one was injured. if you recognize the menu are asked to contact police. we continue to follow breaking news out of center city we go back to the federal courthouse where the fbi is talking about seth williams's guilty plea. >> at this time, i would like to invite assistant special agent in charterance mcmahon to the
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microphone to make a few comments. >> good afternoon i'm tara mcmahon acting special agent in charge for the philadelphia field office. while in office seth williams sought to portray himself as a man of the people. a print principled public server and performer devoted to public service. mr. williams talked a good game but talk is all it was, he felt entitled to a certain lifestyle he traded on his title of district attorney in return for financial favors large and small. we are grat if i had that mr. williams eelected to change his plea and i would like to take a moment to recognize the prosecution team and the investigative team on this case.
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special agents humphreys and halligan and pohar. thank you for outstanding work in this case. i'm going introduce acting special agent greg floyd of the irs. >> good afternoon i'm greg floyd acting special agent in charge of irs special investigation. the gifts that mr. williams received represents a degree to which he cheated the public. no public official gets a free pass. irs ci will continue to assure that the elected officialed abide by their oath and fulfill their duties they were elected to fulfill. >> i want to take a quick moment to thank acting special agent in charge, floyd. the irs criminal investigation division does a tremendous job and played a crucial role in the
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investigation of mr. williams. with that we are happy to take a few questions. >> that is a decision that reserved for the court. judge diamond heard the evidence and evaluated the facts and applied it to the law and made his decision. >> is that anything you have seen before? >> there is not much we haven't seen. >> the city and those living in the city, another one of our elected officials having to go to prison what does it mean for viewers living at home paycheck to paycheck. >> what it mean is that they can rest assured with the federal government and the irs and hsi and united states attorneys office are always vigilant on the lookout for corrupt conduct and fairly and appropriately
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prosecute anybody that crosses the line. >> and the judge -- he described this as seth williams selling his office. how would you describe his office? >> i think the judge capture tropical disturbance perfectly. there is no question that seth williams sold his office for a corrupt stream of business: and today mr. williams was held accountable. >> what about the -- [ inaudible ]. >> i'm not going to comment on anything outside of the record itself -- >> [ inaudible ]. >> we are not in the position of giving advice to the city of philadelphia but what we can say is we are here and watching.
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>> how did this whole trial -- [ inaudible ]. >> well, obviously a tremendous amount of work goes foo a case like this. the agents and prosecutors worked on this case for a number of years and then of course aggressively and vigorously the last few months, the indictment was returned only in march thark is a tribute to the agents of the irs and fbi and homeland security. and all the support from the u.s. attorneys office in new jersey and philadelphia to bring this together in such a short period of time. -- [ inaudible ]. >> well, i'll limit it to what was said in court.
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there were obviously many time there's are different leads that come together and one particular lead was described in court which is that homeland security was doing an investigation regarding mr. ali possibly for money laundering and questions regarding his transactions that led overseas. it was during that investigation that the homeland security official saw can't with seth williams on mr. ali's cell phone and then that person brought in the fbi and eventually the irs and one thing led to another -- >> [ inaudible ]. >> mr. sullivan testified that he contacted the assistant special agent in charge and no further testimony reporting anything that happened in terms of the investigation with the fbi after that. like i said leads tend to come together. >> what would you have asked him -- >> of course i would have cross
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examined seth williams if he testified and addressed his testimony. >> what is the first thing you would have asked him? >> i couldn't tell you that. cross-examination is in response to the testimony and i would have to hear it -- >> he wanted to get up -- >> there were many allegations, mr. fitzpatrick talked eloquently about the different charged and the fraud charged involving the nursing home if he testified i would have covered all of that. >> a message from 1:00 a.m. what was your reaction to that? >> i said in court there were discussions with the defendant starting weeks ago, it was this morning at 1:00 a.m. that mr. burke reached me and said they wanted to accept the deal we had discussed which was this plea to one count that you heard with an admission of all the other
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christmas nat conduct in the indictment. i said i would address it with my superiors and i did and we prepared the plea agreement that was brought in. in termed of my reaction that is not really important. >> [ inaudible ]. >> no, we did not address that in the plea agreement that. was up to the judge. >> [ inaudible ]. >> the evidence i think as mr. fitzpatrick said was extremely strong. it was very clear that mr. williams was accepting benefits in exchange for his official conduct and clear he defrauded the nursing home and many of you heard that evidence in court. we are in the middle of presenting the evidence regarding his political action committee and would have talked about the vehicles and you heard mr. williams admitted every single bit of that conduct.
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that answers your question as to how powerful the evidence was. >> [ inaudible ]. >> i can't comment on that, i was not asked my opinion by the judge. he made his opinion. >> [ inaudible ]. >> personally -- many, and collectively we have done many more. unfortunately. >> [ inaudible ]. >> i have been involved in a number of corruption cases, and city hall corruption case involving corey kemp. and and i have handle many other corruption cases in that regard. i'll say what mr. fitzpatrick said it's unfortunately we have to gather like this and add corruption in the city and state of pennsylvania. fortunately at the same time there are thousands of honest
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public servants in this commonwealth and city. and if they question if they should remain honest should see the vigilance of the district attorney and we are gather if we need to. >> there have been prosecutions historically with officials, i cannot think of one offhand with the district attorney of the city. >> [ inaudible ]. >> i have not researched that. >> [ inaudible ]. >> i am very privileged to serve the government in whatever capacity they allow me to serve. >> [ inaudible ]. >> thank you all very much. thank you for coming.
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later today maybe some will pop through and mostly sunny skies and it looks like it stays warm upper 80s in allentown reading and philadelphia and trenton and 86 in fillville and down the beach anywhere from 82 to 85 your warm high and a bit humid through the afternoon. by the way down the shore a risk today moderate risk nonetheless you'll want to swim near the lifeguards, the rip current is scary, it pulls you in and swim parallel north or south and make your way back to the beach no problem. 87 by 4:00 and that comes down from a high of 88 and we hit that around 3:00 and 85 by 6:00 and 10:00 down to 86 and we won't get as cool. probably stop in the low 70s in philadelphia and all the while the humidity starts to pop up. from now until 8:00 tonight you see how most of the region is
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transition to mid-60s and upper 60s every now and then and that is moderately humid air and that pattern continues tomorrow. 92 is the high tomorrow and hotter and more humid as circulation from the south, the hot and humid south i might add continues all day long on this area of high pressure and the chance of a pop-up thunderstorm in the northern and western suburbs, and that is few and far between. 88 is today's high and breezy and warmer and more humid through the afternoon and evening. on friday, hot and humid and high of 92 and stray thunderstorm cannot be ruled out. and for the weekend on or about 90 for saturday and sunday and saturday is now transitioning back to a fairly active afternoon and we see showers at times and maybe some showers or thunderstorms that is something to keep in mind during the afternoon hours on saturday and sunday hot and humid and 90. sunday partly sunny and 91, less
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humid but not as bad as the weekend and tuesday the 4th of july and 90 is your high and in the afternoon a chance of a stray thunderstorm in spots. and can't guarantee everybody sees it. and it's a good night to not see one. we are all planning on fireworks. and then we get into wednesday and we have clouds and sun and a high of 88. >> okay [vo] strong.
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intelligent. explosive. the all-new audi s5 sportback. final quick check of the accuweather forecast. >> okay just as we take a look at temperatures across the region this afternoon it looks like it's going be warm. upper 80s in the northern and western suburbs, more humid in the morning and afternoon and evening showers ensue and on the cusp of feeling humid and more sticky through the rest of the
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afternoon and not oppressive and highs in the upper 80s and winds 10 to 20 miles per hour. as you head down to the shore mid-80s today and feeling a bit more humid and sun mixing with clouds and a moderate risk of rip currents along the jersey coastline. and "action news" continues to follow the breaking news around the former philadelphia district attorney, seth williams, he entered a guilty plea during the federal bribery trial and resigned immediately. we are gathering reactions to the developments today on "action news" at 4:00. don't forget to join us for "action news" at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00. for david murphy, rick williams and the entire "action news" team have a nice afternoon.
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