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Magic Johnson endorses Jackie Lacey for Los Angeles County district attorney

City News Service | 10/29/2012, 1:35 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--Basketball legend and businessman Magic Johnson today endorsed Jackie Lacey for Los Angeles County district attorney.

"Jackie Lacey is, by far, the best candidate for Los Angeles County District Attorney," he said in statement.

Lacey and Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, the top vote getters in the June primary, will square off in a runoff Nov. 6.

A Los Angeles native and USC Law School graduate, Lacey has worked for the D.A.'s office since 1986. She has tried about 60 felony cases, including 11 homicides and the county's first trial of a race-motivated hate crime, according to her campaign.

Jackson, perhaps best known for his murder prosecution of music producer Phil Spector in 2009, has been with the District Attorney's Office for 17 years and is assistant head deputy of the office's Major Crimes Division.

Jackson, who has led the prosecution of nearly 70 felonies, has said he would seek to repeal AB109--the state's move to reassign responsibility for low- level offenders to counties--and allow counties to contract with out-of-state correctional facilities.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has endorsed Lacey.