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Philadelphia Republican District Attorney candidate Chuck Peruto sits down with FOX 29's Jason Martinez to discuss how he would approach solving Philadelphia's overwhelming number of violent crimes.
As Big Trial has repeatedly argued, Krasner's progressive soft-on-crime policies have acted like an accelerant on the gun violence that's plaguing the city.
“It is crystal clear what the outcomes are going to be. It just is,” Krasner said Monday about the election.
Peruto, a former Democrat who supported Krasner in 2017 but now decries his approach to gun violence and homicide cases, called his opponent’s optimistic data points “the best political spin I’ve ever heard.”
Democrats outnumber Republicans in Philadelphia seven to one. It has been 30 years since the city last had a Republican district attorney. Just 21% of the city’s voters cast ballots in the May primary, when the Democratic contest was seen as more competitive.
“I don’t delude myself into believing I’m going to win this,” Peruto said. “But I could win this if the sun, the moon, and the stars line up and people vote. I don’t want to hear people complain. I want to see them vote.”
With homicides poised to shatter a record, and with low-level lawlessness breaking out because of low- to no prosecution — whether it is shoplifting gangs or the ATV and dirt bike mechanized mayhem on the streets — we should understand the importance of a district attorney, otherwise known as a prosecutor, to keep the bad actors in check.
By this measure, Democratic incumbent Larry Krasner is a miserable failure.
The choice for D.A. is (now) Republican Chuck Peruto. Like Krasner, he has spent his career as a defense attorney. Unlike Krasner, he is not insane and believes, as do the majority of Philadelphians, Black and white, that police are central to a safe city.
In his pitch to deny District Attorney Larry Krasner a second term, Peruto expressed exasperation about how gun and violent crime cases are handled. He complained about Krasner’s battles with the Philadelphia Police Department and focus on undoing wrongful convictions by previous prosecutors. And he was repeatedly profane about it all.
“The root word of progressive is progress,” Peruto said, pausing a beat before adding, “I’ve never heard more bull— in my life. This is regress. This is a failed experiment.”
Outlaw: She, DA split on priorities. She said he wasn't focused on gun and drug cases to reduce violence. His office denied that.
Philadelphia's top law enforcement officials don't agree on which crimes they should prioritize while seeking to address the city's record-setting gun violence crisis, a notable disconnect made public yet again this week.
The Philadelphia Police Department is focused on arresting people for dealing drugs and illegally carrying guns, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said this week, but top brass don't see the District Attorney's Office prioritizing the prosecution of those crimes.
In a previous column, Republican candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney Chuck Peruto told me how the late legal legend Richard Sprague had influenced him as an attorney.
There was another local legal legend that also influenced A. Charles Peruto Jr, – his late father, A Charles Peruto Sr.
Peruto said that if his father, who died in 2013 at the age of 87, were alive today, he would be supporting his son’s candidacy for D.A.
Krasner, who did debate Democratic challenger Carlos Vega in the primary, is taking a page from Kenney’s volume of Profiles in Cowardice by refusing to face his GOP rival.
Why? I would ask Krasner, but I’d be wasting my time. He doesn’t respond to my emails.
So I will answer for him: The sharp-tongued Peruto might slice and dice him, asking him about our soon-to-be record homicide rate, the illegal drug tsunami, sanctuary cities, failure to prosecute gun crimes, and turning his back on victims of crime.
Philly DA Larry Krasner won’t debate his Republican challenger, calling it ‘a waste of time.’
Krasner refused to debate Chuck Peruto before the Nov. 2 general election, taking a two-day, circuitous path to acknowledging the snub.
Mr. Peruto's appearance on Philadelphia's Morning Answer with Chris Stigall - September 8, 2021 @ 8:30 a.m.
Please tune in tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, @ 8:30 a.m., for the Chris Stigall show on Philadelphia's AM Station 990, The Answer, as Mr. Peruto will be a guest explaining why he is the better candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney.
OPINION EYES ON THE STREET Why Philly keeps a billion-dollar open-air drug market contained in Kensington
The market is here because it is highly convenient for so many to contain the problem here, far away from affluent, white areas whose residents have historically driven in to buy drugs, use them, and leave. And my Black and brown neighbors have been told, both implicitly and explicitly, that the accompanying violence and community destruction inherent in open-air drug markets is their burden to bear, and that the wellbeing of themselves and their families simply don’t matter.
The containment of this problem in Kensington demonstrates the systematic racism that plagues our city, and we must reject any argument to preserve this racist status quo.
Conflicts between Kenney and Krasner impede Philadelphia’s response to the gun violence epidemic | Editorial
Last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Editorial Board called attention to the disturbing fact that since Jan. 2, not a day has gone by without someone in Philadelphia being struck by a bullet.
Yet when Mayor Jim Kenney or District Attorney Larry Krasner talk about the city’s epidemic of gun violence, it’s difficult not to come away with the impression that they believe they are the greatest victims of this crisis. It’s long past time for the mayor and the district attorney to stop making the city’s crisis about themselves.
Both men have form when it comes to recasting the narrative around violence in the city to place themselves at the center. Whenever Philadelphians have demanded answers on promised programs — such as increased street sweeping, repainting driving lanes on Washington Avenue, or hiring unarmed traffic enforcement officers — the Kenney administration attributes any stalled progress to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For his part, Krasner appears to lack a working relationship with practically every other major figure in law enforcement. Whether it is conservatives like former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, moderates like the state’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro, or even fellow progressives like Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, Krasner seems either incapable or unwilling to forge even the kind of rudimentary ties that ease interagency cooperation and foster a spirit of public service. Too often, it seems, Krasner casts what are apparently good-faith policy disagreements as indictments of another party’s character.
Chester officials say collaboration has helped lower gun violence there. When Philly officials visited Tuesday, discord followed.
Several Philadelphia city councilmembers visited Chester on Tuesday to learn about how government and law enforcement officials there have worked hand-in-hand to reduce gun violence in 2021.
But the scripted event seemed to go off course, highlighting the dysfunction and dissension among the Philadelphia leaders expected to address the epidemic that is claiming a record number of lives this year.
And by the end of the day, the city’s mayor and district attorney were trading insults with each other.
What began as an event aiming to inspire a path forward during a record-breaking stretch of violence instead served to expose the deep fissures among city leaders tasked with addressing it. And left in its wake were questions about how the type of strategy touted by officials in Chester — which relies on collaboration among different agencies — could succeed in the fractious environment on display in Philadelphia.
With the Democratic registration advantage in Philadelphia, the influx of huge amounts of outside funds, and the advantage of the incumbent, can Chuck Peruto defeat District Attorney Larry Krasner in the upcoming election?
This is a question on the minds of many people who are concerned about Philadelphia’s rising murder rate and increasing gun violence. Many city residents believe that Krasner, a former civil rights attorney who sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times on behalf of radical anti-cop groups, is more an advocate for criminals than for crime victims and police officers.
‘A LAUGHING JURY NEVER CONVICTS’ Charles Peruto wants to bring his unique style to the D.A.’s office
In passing, Peruto calls himself a “law and order” guy, which sounds strange coming from a mouthpiece whose clients include organized crime figures.
“One is my living, one is personal philosophy,” says Peruto, whose campaign slogan is “enough is enough.”
Peruto believes Krasner’s Achilles heel is his arrogance “To those who know him. To those who don’t know him, his lack of respect for the city’s citizens,” he says.
“He’s not going to budge from his agenda, even if the number becomes 1,000 homicides a year.”
Retired Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Joseph P. Sullivan believes in the need for criminal justice reform and police reform, but he also believes that it needs to be done in a thoughtful and reasonable way.
When asked why he was supporting Chuck Peruto for DA against Larry Krasner, Sullivan said:
“What I’ve seen is a disturbing rise in violence, chaos and disorder, and this is not good for the city. I believe it is time to go in a different direction. I remember being grilled by Chuck Peruto on the stand and he is very passionate about what he does. I think he will be a moderate DA, one who will continue with reform and hold police officers accountable. When a police officer breaks the law, he will be arrested and prosecuted, but in kind, I believe Peruto will vigorously pursue violent criminals. There is a small number of people in our city that are wreaking havoc and there is an epidemic of gun violence in our city that needs to be addressed."
Death and De-Prosecution in Philadelphia - The city’s district attorney won’t fight crime even as the body count rises.
Since taking office, Krasner has pursued a policy of de-prosecution—the decision not to prosecute certain crimes regardless of whether they actually took place—as homicides have spiked. Under Krasner, Philadelphia is on track to set two city records: the lowest number of felony prosecutions in modern history and the highest number of homicides.
If elected DA, Charles Peruto first would go after drug organizations.
Candidates were asked questions on a variety of issues related to the administration of justice in Philadelphia, including questions submitted by the audience through the Zoom QA feature. Riley Ross, chairman of the Association’s Board of Governors, acted as moderator. The event was organized by the Association’s Criminal Justice Section, City Policy Committee, Civil Rights Committee, and Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee.
The Republican City Committee has endorsed lawyer Chuck Peruto for district attorney.
City party chairwoman Martina White noted that homicides have increased 36 percent this year compared to 2020, when Philadelphia had 499 murders....
In a move that's sure to offend every cop in the city, District Attorney Larry Krasner's office has covered up a "Wall of Remembrance" that features plaques honoring some 200 hero cops who died in the line of duty.
Peruto’s message is succinct and clear and avoids the grandstanding rhetoric of a social experiment: “Reduce gun violence in the city.”
Chuck Peruto Jr., top attorney from Philadelphia, joins the Dom Giordano Program to announce his candidacy in the District Attorney race, as a Republican, against incumbent Larry Krasner. First, Peruto explains why he’s willing to leave his day job to work for the public, telling that the city has gotten to such a point where he believes he has no other option. Then, Peruto explains why his experience as a criminal defense attorney would apply well to what needs to be done in the city, explaining how his experience in the field differs from current DA Krasner.
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia defense attorney Charles Peruto Jr. has announced he will run as a Republican against Larry Krasner in May's election for DA. Peruto says Krasner has been too soft on crime and he intends to change that if elected.
Charles Peruto Jr., un conocido abogado defensor de Filadelfia, anunció el martes su candidatura al escaño de fiscal de distrito de la ciudad.
Philadelphia defense attorney Charles Peruto Jr. announced Tuesday that he is running as a Republican in the race for Philadelphia District Attorney. Peruto could pose a general election challenge to Democratic DA Larry Krasner.
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A well-known defense attorney in Philadelphia has tossed his hat into the ring for the city’s district attorney....
Charles Peruto Jr. speaks outside the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice
in Philadelphia to announce his run for district attorney, Feb. 9, 2021.
Photo credit Kristen Johanson/KYW Newsradio
Philadelphia Inquirer: High-profile Philly lawyer Chuck Peruto is challenging DA Larry Krasner as a Republican
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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- With a primary election just over three months away, we're getting a clearer picture of who is vying for a spot on the ballot in the race for Philadelphia district attorney.
On Monday Chuck Peruto, a criminal defense attorney famous for representing high-profile clients such as reputed mob boss Joey Merlino and convicted serial murderer Gary Heidnik, announced he'd be running for Philadelphia District Attorney as a Republican candidate.
The Lawyer who defended Joey Merlino and Hary Heidnik blames DA Larry Krasner for the city's surge in gun violence....
The well-known criminal defense attorney voted for Krasner. Now, he's ready to unseat him...