Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County District Attorney stopped for DWI, has plead guilty, and immediately convicted and sentenced to 45 days in prison.
Lehmberg’s blood alcohol content was 0.23, which, if you are not familiar with the scale, is really freaking drunk (0.08 is illegal). According to the Statesman, the punishment was “Without a doubt, the harshest sentence for a first-time drunken driving charge in the history of Travis County.” 45 days is pretty harsh, but then again, this is a Class A, not a Class B, because the BAC was greater than 0.15%.
The Tribune discusses the politics behind whether or not Lehmberg stays in office. A spokesperson for the Governor indicated that Perry would be happy to replace the DA, while Gilberto Hinojosa, Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, stated that “Anybody that Rick Perry appoints is going to be far less qualified than our current district attorney in Travis County, even if you take in to consideration this mistake that she’s made.”
I was surprised to hear the Editorial Board of the Statesman would support Lehmberg’s resignation. Considering how liberal that paper is, I am at a loss for words. I really don’t want another F.O.P. (friend of Perry) in the Travis DA’s office, but we may be stuck with that. The articles state that the replacement would serve the full term (until end of 2016), but I was under the impression he or she would only serve until a Special Election could be held concurrent with the 2014 elections. Is that true? Anyone? Bueller…?