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Ira Reiner

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Ira Reiner
39th Los Angeles County District Attorney
In office
Preceded byRobert Philibosian
Succeeded byGil Garcetti
38th Los Angeles City Attorney
In office
July 1, 1981 – December 2, 1984
Preceded byBurt Pines
Succeeded byJames Hahn
Los Angeles City Controller
In office
July 1, 1977 – June 30, 1981
Preceded byCharles Navarro
Succeeded byJames Hahn
Personal details
Ira Kenneth Reiner

(1936-02-15) February 15, 1936 (age 88)
EducationUniversity of Southern California (BS)
Southwestern Law School (JD)

Ira Kenneth Reiner (born February 15, 1936) is an American attorney and politician who served as the Los Angeles City Attorney from 1981 to 1984 and Los Angeles County District Attorney from 1984 to 1992. The McMartin preschool trial occurred during his tenure as DA.


Reiner earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor from the Southwestern Law School in 1964.[1][2]


From February 6 to July 17, 1970, Ira Reiner represented Leslie Van Houten in the Tate-LaBianca murder trials. He was dismissed, and replaced by Ronald Hughes.[3]

He was the Los Angeles city controller from 1977 to 1981, and was the Los Angeles city attorney from 1981 to 1984, both times being succeeded by James Hahn. He was the Los Angeles County District Attorney from 1984 to 1992.[4] As district attorney, he supervised the prosecution of several notorious cases, including the murder trial of Richard Ramírez, the widely publicized police arrest of Rodney King, and the McMartin preschool trial, the best known case of day care sex abuse hysteria.

In 1990, Reiner was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for California attorney general, losing to San Francisco District Attorney Arlo Smith, who in turn was defeated by Republican former Congressman Dan Lungren. In 1992, Reiner sought re-election as district attorney, but trailed Gil Garcetti in the June non-partisan primary. Initially Reiner stayed in the race, but in September he dropped out.[5]

After retirement from office he entered private practice with the firm Riley and Reiner.[6]

See also[edit]

  • Bob Ronka, Los Angeles City Council member, 1977–81, candidate opposite Ira Reiner in 1981


  1. ^ "Prequel to 1984 DA's Race: Reiner Clashes With Other City Officials". www.metnews.com. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  2. ^ "Ira Kenneth Reiner Profile | Los Angeles, CA Lawyer | Martindale.com". www.martindale.com. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  3. ^ "Prequel to 1984 DA's Race: Reiner Clashes With Other City Officials". www.metnews.com. Retrieved 2023-03-22.
  4. ^ John R. Stephens, Webmaster. "LA District Attorney Ira Reiner". Da.co.la.ca.us. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  5. ^ Mydans, Seth (September 19, 1992). "Los Angeles Prosecutor Bows Out of the Spotlight". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "The Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy". Spirit.tau.ac.il. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
Political offices
Preceded by City Controller of Los Angeles, California
Succeeded by
James Hahn
Legal offices
Preceded by City Attorney of Los Angeles, California
Succeeded by
Preceded by Los Angeles County District Attorney
Succeeded by