BY CHRIS BRENNAN – THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office was put on trial Thursday morning by the eight candidates — seven Democrats, one Republican — seeking to lead the scandal-plagued office.
Everyone agreed that reform is needed. They just disagreed on the right person to accomplish that.
The most notable clash came between a candidate with no ties to the District Attorney’s Office, civil rights lawyer Lawrence Krasner, and the candidate with the most recent ties to the office, former First Assistant District Attorney Tariq El-Shabazz.
Krasner noted that all of the other candidates, with the exception of former Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni, had previously served as assistant district attorneys. That makes them “part of the problem,” said Krasner, while noting that there were few disagreements among the candidates about policy.
“They all have their progressive pants on today,” Krasner said. “But some of us have holes in those pants.”