Of the three, Mike Ware is the only one I know personally: He worked some with the Innocence Project of Texas before Watkins hired him, and lobbied on behalf of the Dallas DA for the last two sessions. But it was well known in Dallas legal circles that these were Craig Watkins' three closest advisors, so their departure can't help but impact the culture of the office. Certainly I wish them all the best of luck, not to mention their replacements.Over the course of one month, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is losing his three top lieutenants: First Assistant Terri Moore; Felony Trial Bureau Chief Kevin Brooks; and Special Fields Bureau Chief Michael Ware.Brooks left the office on June 3 to go become a solo practitioner in Dallas, and Moore and Ware will leave July 1 to open their own criminal-defense firm in their hometown of Fort Worth, Watkins says.Watkins hired Moore, Ware and Brooks soon after he took office in 2007. He says all three attorneys left lucrative private practices to join the DA’s office and he had four-year commitments from each of them. They all stayed after he was re-elected in 2010, and they are leaving on good terms, Watkins adds.“The good thing about all three of them is they knew this time would come. They groomed folks to take their place, and we have a wealth of talent,” Watkins says. “I hoped this day wouldn’t come, but it did. And we have to move forward.”
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