|Tom Burke And His New Client|
Rufus Seth Williams has a new lawyer. He's Thomas F. Burke, who served alongside Williams in the D.A.'s office back in the 1990s, under Lynne Abraham, when both men were starting out their legal careers as young assistant district attorneys.
In a three-minute hearing today before U.S. Magistrate Timothy R. Rice, Burke announced he was taking over the case.
"I'm in for the long haul," Burke told Rice. He pledged to stay on the case unless he died or was abducted by aliens.
Are you aware, Rice said, that your client, the district attorney of Philadelphia, may not be able to pay for your services?
"I'm very aware of that, Your Honor," Burke said.