Heard this one before? A high-ranking public official from Philadelphia hit with bribery charges can’t afford to pay his lawyers, who then fight tooth and nail to get out of the case.

While the accusations are different, the corruption cases of former Congressman Chaka Fattah and recently indicted Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams have some striking similarities. The March 24 request from Williams’ attorney, Michael J. Diamondstein, to be let out of the embattled district attorney’s case comes just over a year after a federal judge reluctantly excused Fattah’s first batch of lawyers from representing him, following months of legal wrangling.

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