Philadelphia Inquirer

Candidates for DA in Philly agree on policy, but still clash in person


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. ...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.

Civil rights lawyer Lawrence Krasner announces run for Philly DA


Lawrence Krasner, a longtime civil rights lawyer and death-penalty opponent, announced Wednesday that he will run for district attorney of Philadelphia.

Addressing an enthusiastic crowd of fellow lawyers and liberal activists in Center City, Krasner, 56, said he would make the city safer by pursuing justice that doesn't unnecessarily incarcerate minorities and the poor.