Petition Filed To Remove Dallas DA Susan Hawk

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DALLAS -- More bad news for Dallas County DA Susan Hawk. This time, it's a move to remove her from office.

"Once the citation is issued. District Attorney Hawk will be served," said Kelly Puls, attorney for plaintiff Cindy Stormer.

On Tuesday, Hawk's former administrative chief, Cindy Stormer, filed a 44-page petition against Hawk stating recent light of her mental illness as a factor.

"Susan Hawk has admitted severe psychiatric problems. She's taken 11-week leave of absence from the job without even her first assistant knowing where she was," said Puls.

According to a pretty damaging petition, Stormer and her lawyer claim Hawk's habitual drug use exacerbated her mental illness and now they're looking to dig a little deeper.

"We have asked for discovery, which includes all of her medical background within the last year," said Puls.

The petition also says Hawk had bouts of paranoia, psychotic and incompetent behavior. It asks for the immediate removal of Hawk while she undergoes trial, leaving the judge to appoint an interim DA.

The ball's in Hawk's court for now. "Her lawyers will file an answer the statute -- I believe it says five days -- so this is an expedited type of proceeding.

Hawk has said that after seeking treatment, she feels healthy enough to stay in the DA's seat.

The question now is, what message does this send to folks with mental illness?