Lawyer's racketeering trial set for Corpus Christi

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The federal racketeering trial of an attorney linked to a disgraced former South Texas judge has been moved from Brownsville to Corpus Christi.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen moved the trial of Marc Rosenthal of Austin, who faces trial Feb. 4.

The Valley Morning Star (http://bit.ly/VPNldA ) reported Tuesday that the prosecution argued Rosenthal has conducted publicity stunts that could taint the jury pool in Cameron County. His attorney maintains Rosenthal is just exercising his constitutional rights.

The 13-count indictment charges that Rosenthal bribed state District Judge Abel Limas for favorable rulings on cases. Limas, who failed in his 2008 re-election bid, pleaded guilty to racketeering and faces sentencing next year.

Rosenthal, who's free on bond, has denied the allegations that also include mail fraud and witness tampering.

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

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