Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer
His statement Feb. 10 included numerous apologies to his family and members of his office. After his announcement, Williams walked past a huddle of cameras, and took no questions for the press.The decision not to seek re-election was described by several attorneys Feb. 10 as a disappointing end to a once very promising political career for Williams, whose successes as an innovator for Philadelphia's criminal justice system were often overshadowed by scandals.
News of Williams' failure to report the gifts and payments—many from prominent defense attorneys and firms—broke last summer. Williams received strong public criticism for the reporting failures, including the Philadelphia Bar Association urging the state General Assembly to ban gift-giving to public officials. In January, Williams agreed to pay more than $60,000 to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics for the related ethics violations—a record sum for the watchdog agency, according to several news outlets.
The donation scandal was one of many that dogged Williams throughout his career.
Williams ran his first successful campaign for the office in 2009, and was re-elected to a second term in 2013.
He came under fire however for a fundraising email his office sent to his deputies and chiefs. The email was sent to 34 of his deputies and chiefs at their government email addresses inviting them to a fundraiser dubbed "Seth in the City."
More recently, Williams also received heavy criticism for not firing three former state prosecutors at the center of a pornographic email scandal that rocked the state and eventually ended the careers of two former Supreme Court justices and former Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Although the three prosecutors,
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