PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams faced a federal judge on Wednesday, just days before his trial is set to begin. Williams has been indicted on 29 bribery, fraud and corruption charges.
Williams sat beside his attorney, as both the defense and prosecution tried to iron out some last-minute details with Judge Paul Diamond, including witness lists, questions during jury selection and the judge’s opening remarks to the selected jurors.
Twelve jurors and four alternates will be chosen from a pool of candidates with the trial is expected to last about a month.
Charges against Williams stem from a series of alleged ‘schemes’ in which prosecutors say Williams took money, expensive gifts and trips in exchange for favors — and they say he stole $20,000 intended for his mother’s care.
They also say Williams misused campaign funds and city vehicles.
Williams has maintained his innocence.
Jury selection begins Monday.