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Philly judges to select temporary top prosecutor

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 A group of judges will select an interim Philadelphia district attorney Thursday to fill the unexpired term of Seth Williams who resigned in disgrace and awaits sentencing in federal prison for bribery. The temporary district attorney will serve until January. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A group of judges will select an interim Philadelphia district attorney Thursday to fill the unexpired term of Seth Williams who resigned in disgrace and awaits sentencing in federal prison for bribery. The temporary district attorney will serve until January. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A special group of judges will gather Thursday to decide who will fill the shoes of Philadelphia’s former District Attorney Seth Williams, now in jail pending sentencing for a federal count of bribery.

One of the leading candidates unexpectedly dropped out of the running Wednesday. Acting Philadelphia District Attorney Kathleen Martin withdrew her application, throwing her support to a veteran prosecutor in the office.

The interim replacement selected Thursday will serve for just about six months. Whoever wins the district attorney election this fall — either Democrat Larry Krasner or Republican Beth Grossman — will lead the office beginning in January.

WHYY’s senior reporter Dave Davies speaks with Morning Edition host Jennifer Lynn about the process of choosing the interim district attorney from among 13 remaining applicants.

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