Philadelphia’s two top prosecutors are locked in a war of words that echo their polarized view on criminal justice issues.

The dispute has become public this week as U.S. Attorney William McSwain accused city District Attorney Larry Krasner of “abdicating his responsibilities” by focusing on defendants over crime victims.

The reform-minded Krasner says McSwain is adopting the “shrill” rhetoric of the man who appointed him, President Donald Trump.

The growing feud stems largely from their opposite views on issues such as sentencing reform, sanctuary city policies and safe injection sites. Yet their employees often work together on joint federal-state investigations.

At least one former city prosecutor hopes the two call a truce.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says the two leaders should debate the issues, but not attack each other.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Source: The Associated Press

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