EL PASO, TX – Questioned El Paso, Texas District Attorney Yvonne Rosales has agreed to resign her position effective December 14.
Through a letter sent to Governor Greg Abbott, Rosales indicated that her resignation will take effect at 5 p.m. on Dec. 14, following months of scandals that dominated her less than two-year tenure as head of the 34th Judicial District of Texas.
Rosales agreed to immediately turn over the duties of his office to First District Attorney George Al-Hanna until the end of his term. In addition, as part of the terms of the agreement, Rosales forfeited her right to a jury trial should she fail to comply with the mandates of her resignation date.
The DA’s resignation will become valid one day before a hearing was to be held on whether she should have been temporarily removed from office.
In recent months, Rosales has been involved in multiple court battles, one of them related to the Walmart case. The prosecutor’s handling of the Aug. 3, 2019, mass shooting case was also cited in the recall petition.
In early September, Rosales filed a motion to recuse Judge Sam Medrano from the case, citing disagreements over staffing changes, the timing of case filings and his public communications about the case, among other issues. The hearing on the recusal was delayed at Rosales’ urging.
The agreement of the prosecutor’s resignation was made in the 346th Court last Monday afternoon, Nov. 28, when a 1 p.m. hearing was delayed nearly an hour and a half, as County Attorney JoAnne Bernal and Rosales’ new attorney, Richard Ramon, agreed to the terms of her resignation.
Rosales was elected in the November 2020 election and assumed her role as the first Latina prosecutor in El Paso history in January 2021. The district also includes all of Hudspeth and Culberson counties.
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