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Lehmberg Trial Starts This Morning

Updated: Monday, December 9 2013, 06:35 AM CST
In just a few hours, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is back in court. She's now a defendant in a civil trial that could get her ousted from office. 

The trial stems from her drunk driving arrest in April. She pleaded guilty, served just over 20 days in jail, but remained in office, but now her job could be on the line.

The trial will reportedly focus on three big questions: whether Lehmberg is emotionally able to keep doing her job, whether or not she's an addict, and whether the public's better off having someone else as the top felony prosecutor in Travis County.

Kerry O'Brien, an Austin attorney, filed the petition seeking her removal. He argues as long as Lehmberg's in office, the integrity of the office is compromised.

"The issue is that she is the district attorney, she handles the most violent felonies and the DWIs that result in somebody being injured or killed," said O'Brien, shortly before the trial was originally scheduled to begin in October. "We need somebody who doesn't have a substance abuse problem and is above reproach."

We do know that Lehmberg received some sort of treatment after her release from jail, but the details of that treatment were never released.

The trial starts at 9 a.m. Monday. This comes weeks after the trial was rescheduled after complaints were made against the judge.Lehmberg Trial Starts This Morning


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