The petition to remove El Paso District Attorney Yvonne Rosales from office can move forward, according to a judge’s order issued Wednesday afternoon.
The order from Judge Tyron D. Lewis of Odessa granted defense attorney Omar Carmona’s application for a citation and ordered that Rosales be formally served with that citation. After this, she’ll then have 10 days to respond to the petition.
It will then be up to County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal to decide whether to prosecute or dismiss the removal petition, according to the order. Bernal can request additional time to weigh that decision.
In his Aug. 24 petition, Carmona had asked that Rosales be temporarily suspended while the removal petition was being considered. The judge did not address this part of Carmona’s request.
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Victoria Rossi is a women and gender issues reporter with El Paso Matters and a Report for America corps member. She has worked as a health and education journalist, an immigration paralegal, and a criminal… More by Victoria Rossi