Even before he became district attorney, Seth Williams' questionable spending on haircuts and hotel stays and sloppy accounting involving the use of his mother's American Express prompted his finance director to confiscate Williams' campaign debit card in 2008 and urge other staff to keep a close watch on his political committee's coffers.
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The allegations of embezzlement from a Fairhill addiction clinic have already brought down an elected official and threatens to send members of both clans to prison. The case played out in one of the city neighborhoods hardest hit by the heroin epidemic.
In Pittsburgh, they will find a city with which their client has always cultivated a special relationship. “That bridge, that view, it’s like you’re entering the Emerald City,” he said, recalling his first drive into the city from its airport in a 2010 interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Look, Dorothy, it’s Pittsburgh!”
The $6,400 came five months before Williams’ office was called upon to investigate a work-site brawl involving the union’s longtime leader, John J. Dougherty, who is the target of a separate and long-running federal grand jury probe.
Despite evolving public awareness of hazing’s dangers and a recent willingness by prosecutors to assess serious criminal penalties, large-scale hazing cases like the one that produced 22 convictions for David Bogenberger’s death remain exceedingly rare and difficult to pursue, legal experts say.
Jeremy Roebuck covers federal courts and law enforcement.