More calls for Rosenthal's resignation

January 15, 2008 10:37:32 AM PST
Community leaders, angry over emails by Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal, are getting together trying to decide what to do next. They say they want Rosenthal out. Some of the emails included racist jokes and pornography. The community leaders met Monday night in southeast Houston with the goal of coming up with ways to properly force Rosenthal out of office.

After repeated calls for Rosenthal's resignation, the news release tonight says it's time to 'Up-chuck.' How these leaders are going to do that is part of the discussion behind closed doors.

They're meeting, they say, to discuss their strategy in response to the dozens of racially insensitive, vulgar and even pornographic emails found on Rosenthal's county email account. More than 700 emails were released last week as part of a federal lawsuit.

Rosenthal has yet to explain why he has a photo called 'fatal overdose' -- a black man passed out surrounded by watermelon and fried chicken or why he forwarded an email to a friend declaring Bill Clinton the first black president because, among other things, he dated ugly white women.

The group of pastors, civil rights activists and community leaders believe what Rosenthal's emails reveal is part of a bigger problem at the Harris County criminal courthouse -- injustice many have been claiming for years.

"The recent discoveries in terms of activities in the district attorney's office is lending support to many of these claims," said Reverend D.Z. Cofield Monday night.

Another meeting like this one is scheduled for next Monday night and there will be others leading up to a protest march that will include demands. That's set for January 31 at the district attorney's office.

We tried to contact Rosenthal Monday night. He did not respond.

The district attorney has refused to step down, even after several calls for him to do so by community groups. The Texas attorney general has launched an investigation into his controversial emails. Four Republicans are vying to replace him when his current term expires.