AUSTIN (KXAN) - More than 100 lawyers, including noted defense lawyer Roy Minton, rose to the defense of embattled District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg on Thursday.
"Any of you guys that have never gotten drunk and gotten into a car, raise your hand up," Minton said to a group of reporters. "Not a one of you. We've all been through that, and it was a stupid mistake, too. But good lord, so what."
In a news conference in front of the Travis County Courthouse complex, the lawyers said that her arrest for driving while intoxicated on April 12 was a one-time blemish on an otherwise admirable career as a prosecutor.
"She has admitted she made a mistake," attorney Betty Blackwell said. "Alcohol affects people poorly. She made a mistake. It was one night in a life of 35 years of service."
Lehmberg pleaded guilty and is serving a 45-day jail sentence.
"Girl's intoxicated, and she's in there (in jail)" Minton said. "Let's put you and me in there and see how we behave, when we're intoxicated."
"You think you'd be better than I am or worse?" he asked reporters. "No answer?"
In an amicus brief, the attorneys say "Rosemary Lehmberg has had an extraordinary 36-year career as a Travis County prosecutor, an Assistant District Attorney, and since 2009, as District Attorney. Unquestionably she has developed and maintained one of the best district attorney's offices in the United States."
The lawyers said they've been assured that once the sentence is complete, Lehmberg will undergo rehabilitation and that she won't seek re-election in 2016.
"She is a honorable, upstanding, hard working, dedicated person," Blackwell added. "I absolutely support her, and anybody here who has not made a mistake, I'd be happy to watch you step forward first. It reminds me about glass houses and throwing stones."
Another Austin lawyer, Kerry O'Brien, has filed a petition to have Lehmberg forced out of office. The Austin Police Association has also called for her to step aside. Lehmberg has said she has no plans to do so.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.