Ex-Texas judge in bribery scandal now in prison

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Associated Press

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:32 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The disgraced former South Texas judge at the center of a bribery scandal has begun serving six years in prison for racketeering.

Records show Abel Limas (LEE'-muhs) was being held Wednesday in the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Fla.

The Valley Morning Star (http://bit.ly/1cY49sL ) reports Limas reported to prison Tuesday, the same day a federal judge sentenced an Austin personal injury lawyer to 20 years in the scam. Marc Rosenthal was convicted of 13 counts including racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and tampering with a proceeding.

Prosecutors say Rosenthal bribed Limas for favorable rulings.

Limas failed in his 2008 re-election bid. He pleaded guilty in 2011 to racketeering and in August was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay nearly $6.8 million.

Limas worked construction jobs before going to prison.

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

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