BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has revoked the bond of an Austin lawyer standing trial on racketeering charges in Corpus Christi.
At a hearing in Brownsville on Friday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered Marc Rosenthal jailed for violating terms of his release.
The Valley Morning Star in Harlingen reports (http://bit.ly/11VvcmU ) prosecutors told Hanen that Rosenthal had embraced Jose Santiago "Jim" Solis, a key government witness and former state lawmaker, in a bear hug. Prosecutors also said Rosenthal had been seen drinking in a Brownsville bar.
Rosenthal had been free on $100,000 bond since his 2011 indictment. His trial began Monday in Corpus Christi.
The case is part of a years-long federal investigation into former state District Judge Abel Limas, who has already pleaded guilty to racketeering and is awaiting sentencing.
Information from: Valley Morning Star, http://www.valleystar.com