PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Philadelphia Democrat Larry Krasner won another term as district attorney, defeating top criminal defense attorney Chuck Peruto, the Republican nominee, and getting the nod to continue his gradual overhaul of the office.
Critics blamed Krasner and other progressive prosecutors for the increase in gun crime. Supporters backed down, noting that the rise in violence during the pandemic – amid reduced social services and economic instability – is hitting cities with both liberal and traditional law enforcement prosecutors.
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Krasner, a 60-year-old longtime civil rights and defense lawyer, won the 2017 election against a crowded field by presenting himself as the foreign candidate capable of bringing about radical change.
Peruto Jr., another longtime defense attorney, announced he would run against Krasner earlier this year, saying the incumbent was too lenient on the crime. He also said he was more employable because he was born and raised in Philadelphia.
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