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If a poor person steals food or diapers or other essential items that they need but can’t afford to pay for, should they be prosecuted? Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot says no.

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When John Creuzot takes office in January as Dallas County district attorney, he promises to usher in a new era of prosecution.

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John Creuzot will be the next district attorney of Dallas County. Creuzot, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Faith Johnson, who'd been appointed to the job. The margin of victory was a resounding 20 percentage points.

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Elections for local prosecutors are traditionally pretty sleepy affairs, and historically, candidates have competed to show how tough they are on crime. But this year, the race to become Dallas County district attorney is bucking those trends as both candidates seek to portray themselves as changemakers working to make the criminal justice system fairer, rather than tougher.

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A man accused of killing a Dallas police officer at a Home Depot store and seriously injuring two others should be sentenced to death, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson says.

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A former Democratic contender for Dallas County district attorney has filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud cost her the win and that the primary race should be voided.

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The losing candidate in the Democratic primary for Dallas County district attorney says she will not request a recount.

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A candidate in the Democratic primary for Dallas County district attorney says she has requested a recount after losing the race by a small margin. 

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William Roundtree is part of a cadre of ACLU canvassers knocking on doors and talking to people at bus stops and shopping centers in Dallas County to raise awareness of a district attorney’s power to change lives.

It’s a power he knows all too well.

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Faith Johnson was sworn in as Dallas County's first African-American female district attorney Monday. At the ceremony, Johnson said she was excited and grateful to both God and Republicans.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday appointed Republican Faith Johnson as Dallas County District Attorney, filling the vacancy three months to the day after it opened.

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Susan Hawk announced her resignation as Dallas County district attorney Tuesday afternoon so she can focus on her mental health.

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District Attorney Susan Hawk has returned to Dallas from the Menninger Clinic in Houston, where she was being treated for depression, but she's has yet to be cleared by her doctor to return to work.

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A judge on Friday dismissed the case that sought to remove Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk from office.

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The Dallas County district attorney is back at work today after a leave of absence. Susan Hawk was away for two months as she sought treatment for depression.

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The Dallas County district attorney, who has been out of the office since late July to seek treatment for depression, is extending her leave two more weeks.

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Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk says she got help to stop taking a prescription drug more than a year-and-a-half ago.

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In 13 days, Dallas County gets a new district attorney. Susan Hawk will be the first woman in the job, and she won it last month from the first African-American D.A., Craig Watkins. She’s also the only Dallas Republican to win countywide this election year. She sat down to talk about some of her plans as the next district attorney.

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Deep-blue Dallas County got a touch of red Tuesday when Republican Susan Hawk ousted District Attorney Craig Watkins. Hawk talks about some of her plans, while a loyal Democrat talks about why she may have gained votes that used to belong to Watkins

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Republican Susan Hawk upset two-term Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins Tuesday in one of the closest races of the night. Hawk declared victory just after 11 p.m. as she led Watkins by a few thousand votes.

On the campaign trail for Dallas County district attorney, the candidates have spent as much time attacking each other as they have debating policy.

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Who could beat Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in the fall?  That issue is at the heart of the race between two former prosecutors who want the GOP nomination. 

Republicans trying to break the control Democrats hold in Dallas County have set their sights on Watkins.

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Southern Methodist University says it will follow new task force recommendations calling for the school to ramp up education and outreach on sexual assault. The task force released recommendations today following a string of sexual assaults last year.

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The big question after last weekend’s rally against domestic violence is what happens next? You can see one answer to that question on billboards around Dallas County. For the first time, the District Attorney’s office is putting up the equivalent of electronic wanted posters to catch the most wanted domestic violence suspects. 

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Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins could face jail time and a fine for contempt of court. Judge Lena Levario found Watkins in contempt after he refused to answer questions in a mortgage fraud case, and later dismissed the charges.

The Dallas County DA's office sent an email warning that "two masked gunmen" are the suspects and still at large following this morning's fatal shooting of a Kaufman County prosecutor. [UPDATE: The Kaufman County Sheriff's office has identified the victim as Assistant D.A. Mark Hasse. The sheriff has called a press conference for 3 p.m.