By Steve Pickett

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Former Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins sat in his office at his law firm on MLK Boulevard in South Dallas and answered a question posed to him.

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“No, we knew about it early on, but we decided not to make it an issue,” he said.

The topic was current District Attorney Susan Hawk and her personal battle with depression and prescription drug use. In an article published by D Magazine, Hawk confesses to suicidal thoughts, paranoia and a desire to quit the job she was elected to perform last year.

Since January, former colleagues and Hawk appointees questioned her mental health and so-called erratic behavior, after firing top members of her new prosecutor team.

For weeks Hawk was supposedly on vacation, until it was confirmed she was a patient in a facility that handles addiction and psychiatric disorder.

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Monday, the former DA said he believes Hawk needs to address her personal challenges, but invariably questions should arise regarding her suitability as the Chief Prosecutor for Dallas County.

“More will come out. That’s the elephant in the room. You want someone who’s honest. What makes you think she’s honest as DA,” Watkins said.

The former top prosecutor believes the credibility of the office will play a role in court cases. “it’s going to be difficult for prosecutors to prove cases. Their boss is proven to be untruthful.”

Watkins says he would not call for Hawk to be removed from her job based on her emotional struggles, but believes her professional conduct should be questioned.

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