Philly DA makes a case for Murphy’s qualifications to be AG

    A Democrat running to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general has been endorsed by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.


    Patrick Murphy got Williams’ support even though he has not tried a case in Pennsylvania courts.


    Williams was among the first to back former Congressman Patrick Murphy of Bucks County in his bid for state office. 


    Speaking after Murphy received the endorsement of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Tuesday, Williams addressed Murphy’s lack of experience in Pennsylvania courts.


    “He’s been a prosecutor, he’s tried cases in the judge advocate general’s court of the Army, as have I, were he received great training,” Williams said. “When he becomes the attorney general, he’s not going to be going into court every day.”


    Williams went on to say Murphy would be an administrator, not a day-to-day litigator.


    Murphy didn’t talk about the issue, but thanked the FOP for the endorsement.


    Kathleen Kane and former state Auditor General Don Bailey are also Democratic contenders for the nomination to run in November. The primary election is April 24.

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