Austin attorney appeals racketeering conviction


BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An Austin attorney convicted of racketeering in a judicial bribery scandal is appealing his conviction and 20-year prison sentence.

Rosenthal is appealing to the U.S. Court of appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Court records indicate notice was given to the court on Dec. 17.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville sentenced Rosenthal earlier this month. He had been convicted on 13 counts including racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and tampering with a proceeding. Hanen threw out convictions on two of the mail fraud counts at sentencing, leaving convictions on 11 counts.

Prosecutors alleged Rosenthal was one of the lawyers who bribed former state District Judge Abel Limas for favorable decisions.

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