Federal prosecutors have charged Philadelphia DA Seth Williams with taking "thousands of dollars in bribes from deep-pocketed donors seeking his help with their legal woes," and apparently among those donors is Michael Weiss, a co-owner of iconic gay bar Woody's, who "allegedly sought the district attorney's help in untangling a legal mess for another bar he owned in California" as reported by The Inquirer:
Authorities in that state attempted in 2013 to revoke Weiss' liquor license after discovering that he had pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges in three years earlier. But Williams, according to the indictment, wrote a letter vouching for Weiss and, in an effort to prove his friend's upstanding character, appointed him as a special adviser to the District Attorney's Office, complete with a badge and leather carrying case. Weiss showed his gratitude, prosecutors said Tuesday, by paying for spring-break vacations to Florida and San Diego for Williams and his daughters. He also gave Williams his old 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible worth $4,160, the indictment says.
Weiss apparently is a cooperating witness for federal authorities in the criminal case against Williams as reported by The Inquirer: "his attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said Weiss testified before the grand jury in late February and expects to testify in court if Williams goes to trial."