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District Attorney’s Campaign Fund Swells Despite High-Profile Losses

October 30, 1995

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ District Attorney Gil Garcetti’s re-election campaign fund is swelling despite his office’s loss in the O.J. Simpson prosecution and other high-profile cases.

Garcetti expects to surpass $1 million by next month, said campaign finance director Charley Dobbs. The campaign already has collected $875,000.

The non-partisan primary for Los Angeles County district attorney will be held in March. Garcetti’s only announced opponents are two of his deputies, Sterling Norris and Malcolm Jordan.

Garcetti was in office when three men were acquitted of the most serious charges in the 1992 riot beating of trucker Reginald Denny in the Rodney King case. He was also the county’s top prosecutor when two juries hung and mistrials were declared in the first trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez.

Overall, however, the office’s success rate has been running at about 93 percent annually in felony cases and 98 percent to 99 percent in misdemeanor cases, district attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Monday.

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