Report: Suit Seeks to Sink Travis Co. DA Over 'Intoxication'

Apr 17, 2013

An Austin citizen has filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office, arguing that her recent DWI arrest provides grounds for removal.

The Austin Chronicle reports that the lawsuit, brought by local attorney Kerry O'Brien, seeks to have Lehmberg temporarily removed from office until a verdict is reached in her DWI arrest. That verdict should come easily, as Lehmberg has penned a letter pleading guilty “without any request for leniency or consideration of any type.”

O'Brien then asks that Lehmberg be removed from office per Chapter 87 of the state’s Local Government Code, which lists intoxication as general grounds for removal.

The Austin American-Statesman reported on the code earlier this week, noting “The provision also says that a single county resident could start such a removal.”