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susan hawk

'Disappeared' District Attorney releases statement to say she has depression

Her associates had said she was just on “summer break”.

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A DISTRICT ATTORNEY who was unexpectedly missing from work for more than three weeks caused a lot of consternation in Dallas.

Then came the answer for her absence when Susan Hawk released a statement to say she has depression and would be seeking treatment.

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Her absence had been noted by local media, particularly as Hawk had earlier fired several prosecutors.

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Susan Hawk has received a mixed response to her announcement. One columnist wrote in the Dallas Observer that he feels “even more sorry for the people who work for her”.

Dallas News said that this situation offers hope that she may “come to grips with herself”.

Hawk is due to take four weeks of unpaid leave. Dallas News says that she missed public appearances and that there was ‘gossip’ and ‘distraction’ over her disappearance.

Before the announcement, the chair of Dallas County’s Democratic Party had called on Hawk to “do her job or resign”.

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