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

May 30, 2012
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Cooley and Carney address the media

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Carney of the Target Crimes Division address the media. Credit: Frank Stoltze/KPCC

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?


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

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