Pennsylvania

Indicted Philadelphia DA faces deadline for hiring lawyer

  • Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams arrives for a preliminary hearing in his bribery and extortion case at the federal courthouse, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams arrives for a preliminary hearing in his bribery and extortion case at the federal courthouse, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams arrives for a preliminary hearing in his bribery and extortion case at the federal courthouse, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams arrives for a preliminary hearing in his bribery and extortion case at the federal courthouse, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

Philadelphia's top prosecutor is due back in court to report on whether he's found a new lawyer for his federal bribery and extortion case.

A judge this week warned District Attorney Seth Williams that he can't delay the case as he seeks to hire new counsel. He is due back in court Friday afternoon.

Williams is accused of taking more than $100,000 in cash and gifts in exchange for favors. The two-term Democrat says he got into financial problems after a costly divorce.

Defense lawyer Michael Diamondstein handled Williams' arraignment last week but says he can't take the case without being paid.

Williams has pleaded not guilty. He remains in the $175,000-a-year job.

The city stopped paying for his defense when he got indicted.