Shelby Co. DA resigning

Lynda K. Russell
Lynda K. Russell

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - The Shelby County district attorney, who is facing a class-action civil lawsuit, is resigning to take care of her ailing mother, according to the county judge.

Judge Rick Campbell confirmed Lynda K. Russell's resignation, after a letter signed by Russell was published in

Russell stated in the letter that she has to take care of her mother, who lives in Georgetown.

Her resignation takes effect Dec. 31, 2011.

Campbell said Gov. Rick Perry will appoint a replacement for Russell, who will serve as district attorney until a new one is elected in 2012.

Russell and other Shelby County officials have been a part of a federal civil-rights lawsuit in connection to allegations that Tenaha Police orchestrated illegal seizures of more than 140 motorists.

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