In a surprising move, former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham and powerhouse defense attorney Richard Sprague jointly filed a lawsuit seeking to have indicted District Attorney Seth Williams removed from office, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Williams agreed last week to a temporary suspension of his law license in light of the federal bribery and corruption charges that he faces. He has refused to resign, choosing instead to adopt an administrative role in his office. His onetime political nemesis, former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, stayed in office for nearly a year after her law license was suspended after a 2015 indictment.
Abraham and Sprague argue that state law prohibits Williams from continuing as the city’s top prosecutor. They allege that he has betrayed the public’s trust, and will “undoubtedly” use his $175,572 salary to pay for his legal defense. “He should do the right thing,” Abraham said last night, “and allow the office to get out from under the cloud caused by his troubles, which will only continue.” Three experts told the Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News they did not think Williams’ suspended license would bar him from staying on the job.