Philly DA a no-show at City Council budget hearing

 Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams (Emma Lee/WHYY)

It was the Philadelphia district attorney’s office to appear before City Council for a budget hearing Wednesday, but it was not the district attorney who testified.

First Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Martin presented the office’s budget to council members;  embattled District Attorney Seth Williams, who faces trial this month on federal corruption charges, did not appear.

Martin told City Council the office is moving on — despite the Williams situation.

“Despite the unwanted attention to our office that we have received as of late and the associated challenges that follow, we wanted you to know the day-to-day work of the office continues unabated,” Martin said. “We have not slowed down … and our job continues to be to seek justice.”

Martin said those in the office are working hard for the citizens of Philadelphia.

“To do the right thing for the right reasons, to be a voice for the voiceless, to stand up for victims, and to work with our partners to advise on and implement best practices,” she said.


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