AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's been five days since Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg walked out of the Travis County Jail after serving half of her 45-day sentence for driving while intoxicated in April.
On Monday evening, Rosemary Lehmberg released a statement talking about her "mistake" and how she is currently seeking "professional help."
"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.
Earlier in the day, several people held a banner that read: "Honk if Rosemary should resign. SoLongRose.com" on the overpass of IH-35 at 12th Street.
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