Protesters: "Honk if Rosemary should resign"



Posted on May 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 8:46 PM

AUSTIN -- Protesters are calling for Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's resignation.

Several honks could be heard as protesters held a banner on the overpass at Interstate 35 and East 12th Street Monday morning. Their sign reads, "Honk if Rosemary should resign."

DA Lehmberg was arrested for driving while intoxicated on April 12 and has received backlash after refusing to resign. Lehmberg was released from jail Thursday, May 9, serving half of her 45-day sentence.

She was released early for good behavior.

Lehmberg released the following statement Monday evening:

“I am currently seeking professional help on the advice of one of the foremost experts in this region concerning the issues that lead to my behavior the night I was arrested for driving while intoxicated.. He has concluded that I am “fully able to perform [my] duties” as District Attorney of Travis County, I am “not at risk of injuring the public interest in the performance of [my] duties,” and I have a “normal mental status exam.” This expert recommended that I attend treatment for a brief period to deal with the behavior that lead to my arrest. I immediately accepted his recommendation.

“While I am seeking professional guidance, I will be in contact with my office on a regular basis—just as would any officeholder or department head who received medical treatment or took similar personal leave. John Neal, the First Assistant in the District Attorney’s office, will be in regular contact with me. John is extremely competent and I have every confidence in him. He served as First Assistant in the Travis County District Attorney’s office for over four years, and during his 33-year legal career also served as an elected District Attorney (for Stephens and Young Counties), as Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas, and as Division Chief of the Statewide Prosecution Division of the Office of Attorney General. Additionally, our office has a strong management structure, with very experienced, competent division chiefs. The citizens of Travis County can rest assured the office will function effectively while I am receiving this medical assistance.

“Again, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for my personal mistake, and I commit to do everything in my power to deal with the underlying issues and to do the very best I can to serve the citizens of Travis County. I appreciate the many expressions of support, forgiveness, compassion, and patience from so many people.”

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