[Philly.com] Judge prepares to challenge DA Seth Williams in primary

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams will face yet another Democratic primary challenger Monday, when Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni declares her candidacy.

Deni, 69, who resigned Friday after 21 years on the bench, said “it’s time for a change” in the District Attorney’s Office. She cited a “disconnect” between Williams and people he serves, driven in part by his prosecution of local legislators for taking illegal gifts while he was also accepting expensive gifts but not reporting them.

Williams in August amended his statements of financial interests for 2010 to 2015, listing $160,050 in previously unreported gifts, including home repairs, airfare and lodgings for vacations, cash and gift cards, and Eagles sideline passes.

 “I think that really broke faith with a lot of people in the community,” said Deni, a graduate of Temple Law School.

Williams declined to be interviewed Friday.

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