Hestrin heads for 3rd term as RivCo’s top prosecutor

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin speaks at the 2022 Legislative Summit “Enforcing the Law in a Polarizing Society” hosted by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, April 12. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin appeared bound for a third term as the county's top prosecutor today, with preliminary ballot totals putting him over the mark needed to avoid a November runoff. Hestrin finished well ahead of Superior Court Judge Burke Strunsky and attorney Lara Gressley in Tuesday's election. Barring a dramatic change in results as final ballots are tallied in the coming days, Hestrin will retain his post. The incumbent was first elected in June 2014, after defeating then-D.A. and former Judge Paul Zellberbach. Hestrin's terms have been replete with challenges stemming from changes in state law, most notably Propositions 47 and 64, as well as Senate Bill 1437, which permits convicted murderers to file petitions for sentencing reductions
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