I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by this.
Former Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal will not face any criminal charges, his appointed successor announced today after an eight-month investigation.
In a press release, Interim District Attorney Ken Magidson said he accepted an offer by the Texas Attorney General's Office to assist in the investigation to avoid any conflict on interest.
The investigation focused on whether there was prosecutable criminal misconduct in Rosenthal's use of government resources, including office e-mails, relating to political activities.
"After a careful and independent review of this matter, I have determined that there is insufficient evidence for prosecution," Magidson said.
The declaration effectively ends any possibility of charges for Rosenthal's actions during the downward spiral of his last months in office.
Background on the AG's investigation is here. Texas Watchdog has the full press release. And in case you missed it last week, Rosenthal was the cover boy and the 2008 Turkey of the Year for the Houston Press. Go ahead, indulge in a little Romancethal nostalgia. It may be the last good chance you get.Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 03, 2008 to Crime and Punishment