‘Gay’ Bar Owner Says He Gave Gifts to Now Jailed Philly DA for Legal Favors

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — During the criminal trial for former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, the co-owner of a popular bar in the city’s “gayborhood” acknowledged last week that he gave gifts to the now-jailed district attorney “in part” in hopes that he would receive legal favors.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Weiss, the co-owner of Woody’s in Center City, was asked by federal prosecutors under immunity if there might have been an ulterior motive in paying for Williams’ vacation airfare on over a dozen occasions and lending him his Jaguar convertible.

“In part,” he replied.

“What does Little Sethy want for his birthday?” Weiss acknowledged texting to Williams at one point.

However, in other questioning, Weiss testified that he doesn’t think he “bribed anyone,” and that he gave gifts to a number of people. He said that he thought perhaps Williams was asking too much of him in continuing to request money and other perks.

But, “When he needed a character letter to persuade a judge in 2013 to end his federal probation early, he turned to Williams,” the outlet notes. “When he needed another to persuade the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control not to yank the license for a bar he owned in San Diego, the district attorney was again happy to comply.”

Weiss, who is fighting unrelated tax charges, also allegedly asked Williams if his male partner could also ride along to a “beach bash” thrown by a local lawmaker, Williams agreed, replying, “Tahoe with air-conditioning and a DVD of his choice.”

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Weiss was not the only one, however, to be questioned about the motives behind his gift-giving. Businessman Mohammad N. Ali admitted that he gave Williams expensive gifts, dinners and paid travel because “wanted to get close to the DA.” Ali had been in legal trouble after being convicted of tax evasion and was hoping Williams would help him avoid a significant prison sentence.

“It’s good to know someone in power,” he testified. “If you ever need anything, it’s good to have someone make a phone call.”

On Thursday, Williams abruptly ended his trial by agreeing to plead guilty to one count of accepting a bribe (from Ali) and immediately resigned from office. The other 28 charges were dropped under the agreement.

“I’m very sorry for all the trouble,” Williams told Judge Paul Diamond.

The district attorney has stated that he had difficulty paying alimony following his 2011 divorce, thus the requests for help from others.

Williams was ordered to be held in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia until sentencing in October. He faces up to five years behind bars.

As previously reported, Williams had been fined $62,000 in January by the Philadelphia Board of Ethics for failing to report the gifted trips and goods as required, and he declined to run for re-election due to the “unnecessary shadow” the situation has cast on his office.

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  • Grace Kwon

    De-christianized USA is becoming like a Third World. Bible-literate Christendom alone values objective truth and fairness unconditionally. In atheism and paganisms, power and money is everything. Christian West knew the pigs in “Animal Farm” were wrong; that’s why the civilization was great. Elsewhere, the behavior of the pigs is something norm and expected among the humans. Humanity has no truth apart from God. Proverbs 8. John 8.

    • John Connor

      America is great due to its citizens and their contributions. We are a nation of multiple faiths and none at all. It’s obvious that you don’t live here and know very little about our culture. No religion needed forAmerica to be a great country as its citizens are to be lauded for that.

      • vicnicholls

        ? Does that include all the murders, drugs, mass shootings, lack of ability to exceed in STEM disciplines & needing to import them from other countries? Who has the only group known as “snowflakes” that can’t deal with life or anything that doesn’t go along with their thought without getting violent?

        You mean people who behead POTUS’s and think that’s appropriate? I have disagreed with many government heads (and others) without resorting to violence. I’ve had it from “progressives” although I’m not sure how getting violent at someone who has a different opinion is “progressive”.

        • Grace Kwon

          America became bad after rejecting Christianity. America was incomparably better than others in the world when it was Christian.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        “America is great due to its citizens and their contributions”

        who were for the most part christians ……….

        • Grace Kwon

          Exactly. The finest guiding and central bone structure and more.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i was able to see your comments to John Connor …… but it looks like he has become vapor ……

            4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
            4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
            4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
            4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

          • Grace Kwon

            Amen to the Holy Scripture. I blocked him because he blasphemed. Blasphemy is the thing every site should shut down, not the racial issues.

  • Grace Kwon

    “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.” – Psalm 33:12

    This is about Israel, but is also the very foundation of the USA, Canada,
    and Australia. All Englishmen’s greatness comes from Christianity alone –
    knowing the one true God who is the Lord.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      God still has a chosen people ….. and he does all the choosing …….

      • Grace Kwon

        Yes, I’m lamenting over the former Christendom which sent out so many life-rescuing Christian missionaries.

    • FoJC

      God’s chosen people are the people who are living by Faith in the Son of God, the Word of God, Jesus Christ. It is not referring to a specific land mass or nation as defined by politics or physical borders.

      • Grace Kwon

        Yes, Christians – those who let God reign over them – are the Kingdom of God. ( The Kingdom of God has other meanings, too, not just this)

        • FoJC

          The dreams of mortals do not matter, only the Word and Will of God. America has been a corrupt nation since its founding. It has never been a Christian nation, just a religious one, like most other nations. Religion has always played a role in societies.

          Foolish people preach America.

          Follow Jesus, find Truth.

          • Grace Kwon

            But America and other British colonies were created under the noble Christian ideals and sent out so many Christian missionaries into the world rescuing countless human lives and did unequal good to mankind. If I were American, I’d not cease to love America the home country no matter what it becomes of. We believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and trust in God alone and live for His glory. We also love our heart’s homeland and its noble heroes in it and pray for it and work to make it better, shouldn’t we?

          • FoJC

            You must not live here.

            There is much wrong with what you’ve written. Grandiose. I wish it were true, but it’s just propaganda.

            Christians follow Jesus through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Human governments are human, thus severely flawed. Christians are to be Christians, not Nationalists.

            Murdering babies in the womb is not only legal, but celebrated in this country (not by all, but by a huge portion of the population). The innocent blood is shed in this country every day, and most don’t give it a second thought. And that’s just one of the major cancers in American culture.

          • Grace Kwon

            Sad. Every nation, my friend. Every nation will receive God’s judgment fairly.

  • FoJC

    This is a common practice in American politics, and business. The trick to not getting caught is making it look like the “favor” is for other reasons. People who “prosper” in America realize they can only do so by “greasing the wheels” of other businesses and organizations. Very few, and there are some, prosper according to God’s Will and Word.

    Follow Jesus, find Wisdom.

  • zampogna

    This man is not ‘gay’ as the headline suggests.
    He is gay.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    There should be a ban on the import of sex robots designed to look like children, the author of a new report into the phenomenon has said.
    Prof Noel Sharkey said that society as a whole needed to consider the impact of all types of sex robots.
    His Foundation for Responsible Robotics has conducted a consultation on the issue.
    Only a handful of companies were currently making sex robots, said Prof Sharkey.
    But, he added, the upcoming robot revolution could change that.
    The report, Our Sexual Future With Robots, was written to focus attention on an issue barely discussed at the moment, he said.
    The report acknowledged that finding out how many people actually owned such robots was difficult because the companies that made them did not release the numbers.
    But, said Prof Sharkey, it was time society woke up to a possible future where humans and robots had sex.

    from the BBC ………….. used to be the stuff of fiction …… sex robots ….. now …. WOW ……

    i am not going insane ….. i am going sane in an insane world ………………..

  • George Jenkins

    Who did the sweetheart deal that had him admit to one charge and have 28 charges dropped? No wonder the courts stink.

    “On Thursday, Williams abruptly ended his trial by agreeing to plead guilty to one count of accepting a bribe (from Ali) and immediately resigned from office. The other 28 charges were dropped under the agreement.”