Texas lawyer acquitted of public corruption charge

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:32 AM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An attorney has been acquitted of one public corruption count but his conviction on six other charges for bribing a Texas judge will stand.

A federal judge in Brownsville on Thursday is scheduled to sentence Ray Marchan of Port Isabel.

U. S. District Judge Andrew Hanen on Monday overturned a jury's verdict that found Marchan guilty of mail fraud in the Judge Abel Limas corruption case. Limas, who failed in his 2008 re-election bid, awaits sentencing on federal racketeering charges.

The Valley Morning Star (http://bit.ly/11Nap1Z ) reports Hanen upheld Marchan's June conviction on six counts, including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, three counts of aiding and abetting extortion, plus a second count of mail fraud.

Marchan faces a maximum 20 years in prison per count. He's free on bond pending sentencing.

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Information from: Valley Morning Star, http://www.valleystar.com

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