Thomas Andrew Gatlin resigned as a Dallas County assistant district attorney yesterday, says Terri Moore, Dallas’ first assistant DA. The Dallas Morning News reported that Gatlin was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Saturday evening after witnesses said he drove into a house and continued trying to drive the car forward (D Magazine's FrontBurner blog has photos here). He paid a $500 bond and was released from custody Sunday, the Morning News reported. “He resigned yesterday. We wish him the best in his future,” Moore says. “But beyond that, we have no comment.’’ Moore says, as a general policy matter, it is difficult to have hard and fast rules about what to do about employees who run into legal troubles, because as soon as a policy is set an exception might need to be made. However, she did say this: “We are in a very unique profession. We’re the only people who prosecute folks who violate the law,” Moore says. “We are not going to have people who commit crimes stand here and prosecute people who violate the law.” Gatlin could not be reached for comment and a home telephone number under his name was unpublished.
-- John Council