A deputy district attorney known for prosecuting the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector was endorsed today by former Mayor Richard Riordan in his bid to be the next district attorney.
It is a high-profile endorsement for Republican Alan Jackson. In the primary, Riordan threw his support behind Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. He finished third in the June primary. Jackson will face Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey in November’s nonpartisan runoff.
“Public safety has always been my top priority both as mayor of Los Angeles and as a private citizen,” Riordan said. “It is essential that our next district attorney be a top-notch courtroom prosecutor.”
District Attorney Steve Cooley has served since 2000. He declined to run for a fourth term.