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First new LA DA in a dozen years to take office

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jackie Lacey, who is taking over as Los Angeles County district attorney represents a number of firsts. She is the county's first new DA in a dozen years, the first woman and the first African-American to hold the post since the office was founded in 1850.

Lacey will be sworn in Monday at a ceremony to be witnessed by more than 1,000 guests as well as four of her predecessors.

Steve Cooley, who has been district attorney for 12 years and endorsed Lacey to be his successor, will administer the oath of office.

Lacey will oversee the nation's largest prosecutorial office, including more than 1,000 lawyers, 300 investigators and 800 support staff employees. With its proximity to Hollywood, the office frequently draws high-profile celebrity cases.

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