Federal prosecutor to succeed disgraced DA

March 14, 2008 3:18:12 PM PDT
Governor Rick Perry has named an assistant U.S. attorney in Houston as Harris County's top prosecutor to replace the D.A. who resigned amid an e-mail scandal. Kenneth Magidson will serve as Harris County District Attorney until the end of December, Perry announced Friday. A new district attorney is set to be elected in the fall.

He replaces Chuck Rosenthal, who resigned last month after a scandal involving the release of dozens of pornographic, racist and political e-mails on his office computer.

Magidson has been an assistant U.S. attorney in Houston since 1983. He served as a Harris County assistant district attorney from 1977 to 1983.

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