Fake witness to Texas wreck says he received $10K

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Associated Press

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has testified that a lawyer who sued a railroad after a deadly wreck arranged to pay him $10,000 to falsely claim to be a witness.

Testimony continued Wednesday in the Corpus Christi bribery and racketeering trial of Austin attorney Marc Rosenthal.

Rosenthal faces corruption allegations related to ex-Judge Abel Limas, who earlier pleaded guilty to racketeering and awaits sentencing.

The Valley Morning Star (http://bit.ly/155bfZI ) reports Jesse Mata Jr. of McAllen testified Tuesday that he was paid through his cousin who worked for Rosenthal. Mata says he never saw the accident but met with Rosenthal and agreed to say a Union Pacific Railroad train didn't have lights on or blow its horn before the collision. A van driver died.

The railroad settled the case for $1 million.

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

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