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Candidates square off in D.A. debate, hosted by AirTalk




Five candidates running for Los Angeles County district attorney took to the stage of the Crawford Family Forum Tuesday evening to participate in a debate moderated by AirTalk host Larry Mantle.
Five candidates running for Los Angeles County district attorney took to the stage of the Crawford Family Forum Tuesday evening to participate in a debate moderated by AirTalk host Larry Mantle.

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One week before Los Angeles County voters head to the polls, candidates running for district attorney will square off in a debate moderated by AirTalk host Larry Mantle. The six contenders are vying to succeed L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley, who’s retiring after holding the seat for more than a decade. The candidates seeking the top job are Jackie Lacy, the chief deputy D.A. who is backed by Cooley; John L. Breault III, a 43-year veteran prosecutor; Danette Meyers, who has tried dozens of murder cases and six death penalty trials; Bobby Grace, who has tried over 60 homicide cases, including the serial killer Chester Turner; Carmen Trutanich, the front-runner with the best name recognition, and Alan Jackson, a gang homicide prosecutor who tried producer Phil Spector for murder and the only Republican in the race. The primary is June 5th. The top two candidates will advance to a runoff. Who has the most relevant experience? Where do they stand on the death penalty? Who’s the best man – or woman – for the job?

Guests:

John L. Breault III, Deputy District Attorney

Bobby Grace, Deputy District Attorney

Alan Jackson, Gang Homicide Prosecutor

Jackie Lacey, Chief Deputy District Attorney

Danette Meyers, Senior Deputy District Attorney