AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) - A Travis County grand jury friday declined to indict District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after examining criminal allegations that she abused her power while in jail after her arrest for driving while intoxicated.
"I appreciate the careful work of the special prosecutor and the Grand Jury and am pleased that this part of the process is completed," Lehmberg said in a statement. "My staff and I will continue to stay focused on serving the people of Travis County."
The grand jury heard from a handful of witnesses and watched the jail tape in which Lehmberg told jailers they were "screwed" and may go to jail if they "don't do something quickly". They deliberated for thirty minutes.
Lehmberg, a Democrat in her second term, was shown on video urging jail personnel to call the sheriff about allowing her to leave jail before being booked.
"Did you call Greg?" she said several times, referring to Sheriff Greg Hamilton.
She was shown verbally sparring with officers. At one point she says, "Y'all are going to be in jail, not me."
The special prosecutor in the grand jury case, former DA Bill Turner, brought in from Midland, says, "It would have required that she was willing to lie about the jailers' conduct and in addition would have to take the jailers reacting to that and considering it a threat".
He adds, "The jailers in this case unfortunately are exposed to this kind of conduct from intoxicated people from time to time".
Lehmberg pleaded guilty to drunken driving and served half of a 45-day jail sentence. Her refusal to resign from office following the arrest led Gov. Rick Perry to veto state funding for the Travis County office that prosecutes public corruption cases.
A special prosecutor is looking into allegations that Perry abused his powers by stripping those dollars.
The original complaint was filed by attorney Rick Reed and accused Lehmberg of obstruction or retaliation.
Lehmberg still faces a civil lawsuit that charges she should lose her job because of intoxication and gross misconduct.
That will be prosecuted by County Attorney David Escamilla, possible later in October.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
A 55-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Monday morning near Lakeway.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
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.