Newly appointed DA hopes to restore trust

March 15, 2008 6:32:13 AM PDT
Harris County's next district attorney is promising to uphold the public's trust in the justice system.Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson will succeed Chuck Rosenthal. Rosenthal resigned last month amid an email scandal.

Magidson will serve as interim district attorney until the end of December. During that time, Magidson promised he would restore public confidence

"We're going to prosecute these cases zealously but they are going to be tempered with justice and we are going to make sure we are doing .the right thing," he said.

Meanwhile, Rosenthal is still under the threat of contempt for deleting emails he was ordered to save. In a two-page filing yesterday, Rosenthal said his medical condition may have caused him to make incorrect statements while under oath. He also admitted having problems with prescription drugs.

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