District attorney candidates debate in the Northeast


Democrat Larry Krasner and Republic Beth Grossman debated at Cottage Green before next week’s election.

A pretty good crowd turned out last week at the Cottage Green to hear the two candidates for district attorney outline their platforms.

The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Victim Service and the Northeast Times sponsored the debate, which consisted of opening and closing statements and questions from a moderator. The city election commissioners’ office had a resource table and brought a voting machine for guests to view.

Democrat Larry Krasner and Republican Beth Grossman squared off on the evening of Oct. 25. ...During the debate, Krasner cited his representation of more than 10,000 clients. He described himself as a “change-maker” and gladly accepts the title of outsider, adding that Grossman will merely “tweak” the system. He wants the city to close what he calls the “antiquated” House of Correction.

“I have 30 years in court. That’s a lot of experience,” he said. “That’s how real change happens, a transformational change.”

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Krasner, Grossman face off in D.A. candidates debate

CCRA debate between Democratic nominee Larry Krasner and Republican nominee Beth Grossman, with questions from Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Inquirer


The Center City Residents Association (CCRA) hosted a district attorney’s debate at the Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel synagogue on Tuesday evening.

Democratic candidate Larry Krasner and Republican candidate Beth Grossman answered an hour’s worth of questions on a range of issues from death penalty stances to enhancing diversionary programs. 

“The ideal is that the right candidate wins ... that the office of the district attorney gets to the point where there is a little bit more trust and that there's the right philosophies. They set the tone for all the social concerns for the city and the way that goes is really a heavy responsibility,” said Harvey C. Sacks, CCRA Vice President for Government Relations.

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Philly DA candidates debate civil forfeiture program at La Salle


Philadelphia’s two candidates for district attorney traded verbal shots at a debate last night sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Committee of 70 at La Salle University.

Republican Beth Grossman touted her 21 years working in the DA’s office and took aim at Democrat Larry Krasner’s 30 years as a criminal defense attorney who often defended protesters and sued the police for alleged misconduct.

“You’ve spent your career defending those who have taken the lives of people by gun violence,” Grossman told Krasner at one point. “I hate to tell you, but the role of the DA’s office is [that] you have to prosecute.”

Krasner countered that Grossman’s experience was in a DA’s office that has gone in the wrong direction for decades.

“We’ve had a radical experiment in over-arresting, over-charging, over-prosecuting, over-convicting and over-sentencing,” Krasner said. “This system has broken people, broken families and broken employment for so many young people. It’s gotten us to a system that is neither safe, nor just.”

The two agreed on several things, such as decriminalizing marijuana and reducing reliance on cash bail, but they differed sharply on other issues.

Krasner cited the controversial civil forfeiture program, in which the DA’s office seizes property from people suspected of benefiting from the drug trade.

“They had over 1,000 houses, 3,000 cars and over $45 million taken from them very, very often when they were not even charged with anything and for no good reason,” Krasner said. “That is corruption.”

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Five questions with the Philly DA candidates


On Nov. 7, Philadelphia will elect a new district attorney. The issues facing the DA’s Office — civil forfeiture, violent crime and guns, the role of the office in the opioid crisis, ethics and political corruption, and the influence of outside organizations — are, perhaps now more than ever, at the heart of Philadelphia public discourse. Our Editorial Boards sat down with both candidates last week to discuss these issues and others in preparation to make an endorsement.

Discussion on Women, Poverty & Incarceration (video)

(Video by Eric Gjertsen of Payday)

Mothers, other caregivers, and all women are hit hard by poverty, mass incarceration and cutbacks. A group met on September 28th at the new Crossroads Women’s Center in Germantown to discuss issues related to women, poverty and incarceration with district attorney candidate Larry Krasner.

In this series of six videos, you will hear stories from women and men who have been deeply affected by the criminal justice system and hear them question Larry about his plans for reform should he be elected Philadelphia's next DA.

Watch all six videos in the playlist above or on YouTube:

1. Introduction by Theresa Shoatz; Larry Krasner's opening statement
2. Patricia Vickers, Human Rights Coalition: Incarceration of women heads of family
3. Pat Albright, Global Women's Strike: Criminalization for survival and crimes of poverty
4. Carolyn Hill, Women of Color in the GWS: Loss of custody of children
5. Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Justice 4 Tyree Carroll: Police and electoral corruption
6. Comments and questions from the floor, including:
    Prosecution of prostitution  
    Reviewing questionable convictions
    Opening up old cases with new evidence (PCRA) 
    Women lifers
    Fraud, bias and perjury in Family Court
    Prosecutorial misconduct
    Advocacy and support for victims of crime
    Reopening cases tainted by police corruption
    Adopting out of children by DHS
    Holding judges accountable
    Trauma training for law enforcement personnel
    First thing to do to make a difference as DA
    Protecting Philadelphia as a sanctuary city
    The prison-industrial complex; excessive sentencing
    How to support the campaign; closing statement

The event was hosted by Global Women’s Strike, the Human Rights Coalition, and Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike. Co-sponsors included Every Mother is a Working Mother NetworkPaydayNational Welfare and Caregivers Working Group. Larry thanks all of these groups and all of those who attended.

Philadelphia Bar Association forum (video)

Krasner: "What we've seen has been a radical experiment in over-prosecution, over-incarceration and systemic racism...we are not safer, and it is not just."

The two candidates for Philadelphia district attorney, Beth Grossman and Larry Krasner, presented their cases at a Community Forum hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the first of several times they will meet during the fall 2017 general election campaign.

The event was introduced by Chancellor Deborah R. Gross. The moderator was Charles Gibbs, president of the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia.

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Larry Krasner speaks out on Charlottesville

"You are having a beautiful gathering here, for all kinds of people. But there's something different that's happening in Charlottesville, Virginia today ... there's a whole bunch of people marching down there with torches, and there's whole bunch of people marching with signs that say 'white supremacy,' with pro Ku Klux Klan signs, with signs that express their hatred for people who are different than them — black people, Jewish people, people from other countries.

"And it got even uglier today. Because people who care about this issue went up against them, protested against them, and one of them is now dead, and 19 of them are now severely injured, because someone took a gray Dodge Charger and drove it at 40 miles an hour into that crowd. 
Free speech is not enough for that kind of person, what they want is violence and what they want is death. They want what they have always wanted — and most importantly, make no mistake, along with their torches, along with their signs expressing their hatred, they were carrying signs that said 'Donald Trump.'

"When Donald Trump was asked what he thought about this today, he said he was worried about the hatred on all sides. Well I don't know what other sides he's talking about. You got one side that runs people over in cars, that carries torches, that advocates the death of people that look different than them, and then you've got some people who are opposed to that. Being opposed to that is not hate. That is love. And that's what I see when I look out at you."

— At the 5th Annual Soul School Festival, hosted by State Rep. Jordan Harris.