Looking for Seth Williams’ replacement at the DA’s Office
The Philadelphia Attorney General's office has been vacant since Seth Williams accepted bribery and corruption charges before a judge on June 29.
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That seems to be the watchword with which the judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas woke up this Monday. All because, since Philadelphia's former DA Seth Williams stepped down a couple of weeks ago - after recognizing a Judge his responsibility for charges of bribery and corruption - the position of director of the District Attorney's office is vacant.
In a statement filed July 7 to the Philadelphia Bar Association, which brings together about 12,000 lawyers in the county, Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper - president of that court - called for lawyers and prosecutors interested in working on an interim basis to nominate themselves before Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson.
Although any candidate seems to be good - after Williams scandal established a very low standard for the DA Office - the 16 P.S. §1401 code stipulates certain rules for this type of appointment, including that the applicant must be a resident of the county within the jurisdiction of the office; be over 25 years of age and have a professional license issued by the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth.
The applicants have until 2:00 pm this Friday, July 14, to present their name with the documentation that supports their competencies and probity for the position. Among the documents that each candidate must submit is a cover letter stating why he wants to take up such a position; a certificate of good conduct issued by the Prothonotary of the Supreme Court; resume details and a completed application questionnaire.
In statements made to CBS, Deborah Gross, chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association held the call made by the Court of Appeals and stated that the immediate objective should be "to restore public confidence in the judicial system" within the city.
To achieve this, the Court of Appeals convened a special committee that will be responsible for studying resumes and conducting the interviews with the applicants on July 19 to choose "in the shortest time" Williams’ replacement.
Simple voting on July 20 at 4:00 pm at Courtroom 643 City Hall will make the final decision on who will assume the position of Attorney General of Philadelphia.