Depression & The DA — Susan Hawk Losing Support

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DALLAS -- Dallas County DA Susan Hawk is no stranger to battles in the court room. And once again, she’s facing a battle in her personal life. Her office confirms Hawk has checked back into the Menniger Clinic in Houston to focus on her mental health... again.

“Like everybody in the legal community, I obviously wish her a speedy recovery. But unfortunately, I don't think that Dallas County should have to wait before they can have an everyday DA,” Dallas Attorney Heath Harris told NewsFix.

This isn’t the first time the DA has gone MIA. After a much publicized leave of absence to deal with depression, a lawsuit was filed to remove hawk from office, claiming she was mentally unstable.

And now with an apparent relapse, the debate on whether Hawk should step down is once again soaring.

“She was elected by the people of Dallas County, and just because she is seeking medical treatment does not automatically disqualify her from running this office,” Dallas Attorney Terry Bentley Hill said.

“The issue is -- she was elected to be the DA on the day-to-day basis and carry out those duties," said Harris. "And she's not there.”

But some are asking, what if this was breast cancer and not a mental illness?

“I think Susan should stay in office until her doctors determine whether or not this is good for Susan Hawk,” Hill said.

There’s no time table on when the DA will be back in action. When she sought treatment last year, she was out of the office for more than a month.