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Live coverage: Candidates for L.A. district attorney face off

May 2, 2012 | 10:53 am

Los Angeles County voters in June will select their first new district attorney in more than a decade. The winner will grapple with major issues facing the criminal justice system including California's three-strikes law, the death penalty and prison overcrowding.

The Times is holding a forum today moderated by Times editor-at-large Jim Newton. The Times' Kate Mather will provide real-time coverage via Twitter with updates displaying on this post.

The six candidates running for district attorney are: John L. Breault III, a 43-year-veteran prosecutor; Bobby Grace, a major crimes division prosecutor who tried serial killer Chester Turner; Alan Jackson, the assistant head of the D.A. office’s major crimes division who prosecuted music producer Phil Spector for murder; Jackie Lacey, who as chief deputy district attorney is the No. 2 in the office; Danette Meyers, who has tried dozens of murder cases as well as the recent high-profile drunk driving and theft charges against actress Lindsay Lohan; and Carmen Trutanich, who served as a prosecutor in the D.A.’s office during the 1980s and is now the elected city attorney of Los Angeles.