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4:59 PM / Monday September 28, 2020

8 Nov 2017

Civil rights attorney Larry Krasner wins election for Philadelphia District Attorney

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November 8, 2017 Category: Local Posted by:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) –A longtime civil rights attorney who has sued the police department scores of times and opposes the death penalty has been elected Philadelphia’s top prosecutor.

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Democrat Larry Krasner’s campaign highlighted inequities in the criminal justice system. The campaign, opposed by the police union, got a $1.5 million boost from billionaire donor George Soros.

The 56-year-old Krasner defeated Republican career prosecutor Beth Grossman, who says she switched parties several years ago because Democrats have a corrupt stranglehold on the city.

Democratic former District Attorney Seth Williams resigned in June after admitting taking a bribe and is serving five years in prison.

Krasner says police commissioners have long needed a district attorney who’ll back them when they try to fire a bad officer rather than always siding with the police union.

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