[Newsworks] Former judge will challenge Philly DA in May primary

A former Philadelphia judge is joining the growing list of candidates running against District Attorney Seth Williams, who is up for re-election next year.

Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni, who resigned from the bench last week after serving for 21 years, said in a phone interview Monday that Williams is too “distracted” to be the city’s top prosecutor, citing the ongoing FBI and IRS probe into his finances.

In addition, Deni said she was troubled by Williams’ handling of juvenile lifers seeking resentencing after the U.S. Supreme Court declared mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole to be unconstitutional and applied it retroactively. She said offering the inmates plea deals of 35 years in prison to life was not practicing due diligence.

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