Civil Rights Lawyer Larry Krasner Enters Crowded Philly D.A. Race

Krasner, who joins six others challenging incumbent Seth Williams, is known for specializing in criminal defense and police brutality matters.

BY CLAIRE SASKO – PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE

Civil rights lawyer Lawrence Krasner has joined the race for Philadelphia District Attorney, becoming one of five Democrats (and one Republican) looking to oust incumbent Seth Williams. 

Krasner, 56, announced his candidacy while surrounded by activists and organizers yesterday evening in Center City, vowing to push for decarceration, fair law enforcement treatment toward minority and poor communities and the abolition of the death penalty.

Krasner, who specializes in criminal defense and police brutality matters, graduated from Stanford Law School in 1987 and worked as a public defender in Philadelphia for about six years before opening his private practice, Krasner & Long, LLC.

He’s largely known for representing activists, including members of the Occupy Philly and Black Lives Matter movements, as well as Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who was accused of assaulting an off-duty police officer in February 2016.

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