New Dallas DA's Request: Pray for Me

Faith Johnson began her tenure Monday as Dallas County district attorney by asking for prayers."Pray for wisdom, so I will do justice and that I will be fair," she requested after she was sworn in among a crowd of prosecutors, judges, her fellow churchgoers and elected officials. Dressed for cool weather, well wishers fanned themselves and wiped their brows in a packed room as Johnson promised to prove Republican Gov. Greg Abbott made the right choice a month ago when he appointed her district attorney."I don't want to take a bribe. I don't want to do anything bad," Johnson told the crowd at the Frank Crowley Courts Building outside downtown Dallas. "I want to represent the people of Dallas County with integrity and justice and fairness."Johnson, a Republican, is the first black female district attorney in Dallas County -- a fact first noted at the ceremony by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. A standing ovation followed."Today, we mark a new day, a day that will mark the beginning of a new year and a new partnership," the mayor said. "Let's have a partnership that is honest, transparent and forthright for the citizens of Dallas County."  Continue reading...

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