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Indicted Philadelphia DA gives up law license

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's top prosecutor will voluntarily suspend his law license but remain on the job as his staff fights federal bribery and extortion charges.

District Attorney Seth Williams said he will remain in the $175,000-a-year post in an administrative role. The office has about 300 prosecutors.

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

Former colleague Thomas Burke signed on Friday as Williams' lead lawyer. The city stopped paying Williams' prior attorney once he was indicted.

The FBI has been investigating Williams' finances for nearly two years.

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