Austin attorney found guilty of racketeering


A jury has convicted an Austin personal injury attorney of racketeering charges as part of a federal investigation into judicial bribery in South Texas.

The Valley Morning Star in Harlingen reports the verdict was announced Thursday in Corpus Christi, concluding the four-week trial of lawyer Marc Rosenthal.

Prosecutors accused Rosenthal of bribing former state District Judge Abel Limas so that the judge would look favorably on cases Rosenthal had before his court. Part of the scheme was a job offer, while Limas was still on the bench, for the judge to work for Rosenthal's firm after he left the post.

Rosenthal was arrested in August 2011. He was the second of a dozen accused in the Brownsville corruption investigation to go to trial.

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