New law gives AG Shapiro power to prosecute gun cases dropped by Philly DA

Kristen Johanson
July 14, 2019 - 6:00 am
Attorney General Josh Shapiro

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new piece of legislation, allowing Pennsylvania's attorney general to prosecute gun cases in Philadelphia, was passed earlier this month and has caused some confusion. It also created some waves this week. 

Previously, Philadelphia gun cases were only prosecuted by the district attorney's office, but the new law allows Attorney General Josh Shapiro to take gun cases in the city.

Earlier this week, at an unrelated press conference with Philly police, Shapiro said he didn't "ask or advocate" for the change. 

"It's critically important that no one, my office, or anybody else acts territorial. Instead, we all need to do what you see happening here," he said. 

Philadelphia's progressive DA called for a repeal of the new law.

Jane Roh, a spokesperson for District Attorney Larry Krasner, said in a statement that "Shapiro must put an end to the confusion and fear he has caused to communities most hurt by mass incarceration, by promising never to act on the new law without Krasner's consent and cooperation."

Shapiro wrote on Twitter that he doesn't plan to use the law "to act unilaterally or go around Krasner."