PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In the second day of testimony in the corruption trial against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, the prosecution painted a picture of him as a man with high taste, but without the funds to pay for his lifestyle.
The prosecution continued their case Wednesday, calling six total witnesses so far, including the assistant general manager of the Union League in Center City, who outlined extravagant expenses Williams racked up. The government claims Williams couldn’t pay them.
The government, led by a team of three assistant U.S. attorneys, alleges Williams wined and dined friends and his girlfriend at the Union League, including spending more than $600 on a New Year’s Eve dinner in 2013, while he was dodging nursing home bills for his mother.
The government has charged Williams with 29 federal bribery and corruption charges, alleging he accepted briberies in the form of cash, trips, and even a couch and convertible in exchange for favors tied directly to his position as district attorney.
The government has broken the case down into what they call five different schemes. So far, all of the trial has focused on one of those schemes in which Williams allegedly spent more than $10,000 of his mother’s money on clothing and his own mortgage, instead of her health and medical bills.
The nursing home witnesses testified Wednesday afternoon that Williams consistently dodged bills and calls asking for payment for his mother’s care.
The manager at the Union League showed Williams spent thousands on fine food and drinks.
Williams’ defense admits their client made poor decisions and has trouble managing his money, but they claim nothing the district attorney did was illegal.
In the case of the nursing home bills, the defense team says staff never told Williams he was financially responsible for his mother.
The case continues Thursday morning.