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The race is on and the crowded field of candidates vying for the position of District Attorney in Los Angeles just got another contender in Rachel Rossi according to the Los Angeles Times Reporting. Rachel Rossi is a former state and federal public defender who will add some depth to the current group of candidates who are career prosecutors and law enforcement professionals.


On Tuesday afternoon, November 12, Rossi announced she was running to unseat District Attorney Jackie Lacey on a reform platform similar to that of the other candidates.  Rossi joins the former San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascon and L.A. County Deputy Dist. Attys. Richard Ceballos and Joseph Iniguez. The March 2020 primary’s deadline to file is December 6.


Rossi is from the Inland Empire and she was a state and federal public defender in Los Angeles County for a duration of 6 years from 2011 to 2017. After her role as a public defender, she went to Washington to work for U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-ILL) when he was involved with the Senate Judiciary Committee. During her time with Sen. Durbin, she assisted in writing the First Step Act which reduced mandatory minimum sentences as well as provide options for lower-risk inmates to qualify for early release.


If elected, Rossi plans on working on programs that will keep low-level offenders out of jail. She also is interested in finding new ways to deal with cases where the defendant has a mental illness. Additionally, she believes that the district attorney’s office should have the power to appoint special prosecutors to review use-of-force cases. Paula Ramirez will be running Rossi’s campaign. Ramirez served as L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s campaign manager. John Hanusz, a former federal public defender worked with Rossi in L.A. and believes she is a strong candidate for the position.


What Does A District Attorney Do?

A district attorney is an elected or appointed public official for either counties or districts in a state. A general overview of some of the duties these public officials will execute include the following:


  • Manage the prosecutor’s office
  • Investigate crime in conjunction law enforcement
  • File criminal charges
  • Provide evidence before the Grand Jury


Have You Been Arrested And Need Criminal Legal Representation In Los Angeles?

The district attorney (DA) can affect how crime enforcement is carried out in Los Angeles. The rules and regulations in Los Angeles that regulate crime are rapidly changing and complex.


If you have been arrested and charged with a crime you need experienced legal representation who keeps up with any changes that take place in our region. The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Manshoory Law Group, APC have extensive training in criminal defense. Our team of Southern California criminal defense attorneys is dedicated to protecting the rights and the future of individuals in Los Angeles who are facing criminal charges.


Don’t hesitate to contact Manshoory Law Group, APC and schedule a free consultation with one of our aggressive Los Angeles criminal lawyers at (877) 977-7750 today.

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