Philadelphia DA nominee would stop seeking death penalty

Written by The Associated Press | May 17, 2017 6:01 PM

(Philadephia) -- A civil rights lawyer poised to become the next Philadelphia District Attorney says he would immediately stop seeking the death penalty and prioritize education, drug treatment and job training.

Larry Krasner's background as a defense lawyer and left-leaning policy positions worry some police officers and prosecutors in the wake of his Democratic primary victory Tuesday.

The vast majority of city voters are Democrats, making him the favorite in the fall election.

City police union president John McNesby criticized a handful of Krasner supporters making anti-police comments on election night.

Krasner says he has spoken with Police Commissioner Richard Ross and is confident they can work together.

Krasner says he would recruit top legal minds from around the country to join the 600-person office.
Current District Attorney Seth Williams is facing a federal bribery trial.

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