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Elected as reformer, Jefferson County’s incoming district attorney is pushing out office’s top prosecutors

Alexis King

Alexis King convinced voters in Jefferson and Gilpin counties that she should be their next district attorney on the promise that she’d reform the prosecutor’s office — and she hasn’t waited to be sworn in to make sweeping changes.

King will cut 10 people from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office when she takes charge in January, she acknowledged in a brief interview Thursday. Those losing their jobs include six senior prosecutors and three deputy district attorneys, those involved told The Denver Post, wiping away decades of experience and senior leadership in the office.

“At the end of the day, it’s about ensuring that we are bringing and performing ethical prosecutions, protecting public safety, that are also aligned with my values and making sure we have a workplace that is open to all identities,” King said Thursday, adding the dismissals are “100%” part of her effort to reform

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Criminal justice reformer wins LA district attorney’s race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Advocates for criminal justice reform who have elected a wave of progressive prosecutors nationwide captured the crown jewel Friday as former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon defeated Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey.

The bitter race to run the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office was a referendum on reform, but took on greater weight after summer activism over police brutality and racial inequality ignited by George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis police.

In an unusual dynamic, Gascon, a former beat cop and police chief, was opposed by law enforcement unions, while Lacey, the first woman and Black person to run the office, was targeted by Black Lives Matter activists.


Gascon had nearly 54% of the 3 million votes counted when an emotional Lacey conceded.

“Our nation is going through a reckoning, and what happened in my election may one day be listed as a consequence of that,” Lacey

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Criminal justice reformer unseats Los Angeles district attorney

After a bitter race to lead the largest district attorney’s office in the nation, reform candidate and former San Francisco D.A. George Gascón unseated Los Angeles County’s first Black chief prosecutor.

With nearly 800,000 ballots still to be counted in Tuesday’s election, Jackie Lacey conceded to Gascón on Friday in an emotional address attended by her staff and supporters.

“My consultants tell me that while I may close the gap between the two of us, I will not be able to make up enough based on the trending of the ballots to win this election,” Lacey said. “I am so thankful to God for giving me this incredible opportunity to serve the people of Los Angeles County.”

The contest was regarded by many, and even Lacey herself, as an extension of the social unrest that spread across the country after George Floyd died in May while in Minneapolis police custody.

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Criminal justice reformer wins LA district attorney’s race

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Protesters gather outside the gated Hall of Justice to protest Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey in downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon led two-term incumbent Lacey with 54% of more than 2.7 million votes counted by Wednesday.

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Advocates for criminal justice reform who have elected a wave of progressive prosecutors nationwide captured the crown jewel Friday as former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon defeated Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey.

The bitter race to run the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office was a referendum on reform, but took on greater weight after summer activism over police brutality and racial inequality ignited by George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis police.

In an unusual dynamic, Gascon, a former beat cop and police chief, was opposed by law enforcement unions, while Lacey, the first woman and Black person to run the

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