Democrat Seth Williams won the election for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office by a 3 to 1 margin over his Republican rival. DA elect Williams is a former district attorney here in Philadelphia who is widely respected by the criminal defense bar in Philadelphia. Mr. Williams succeeds Lynn Abraham who served for 18 years.
Mr. Williams has a lot of new ideas to reform what he calls a "broken criminal justice system". He intends to concentrate on gun violence. He also plans to localize some of the prosecutions in this far flung city with branch offices in various neighborhoods. Mr. Williams believes that the bulk of his efforts should go towards prosecuting serious crime. He has diverse new ideas to deal with victimless summaries and misdemeanors which clog the courts and eat up manpower.
Congratulations and good luck Mr. District Attorney elect.