Sentencing for Texas lawyer in judicial kickbacks
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has begun hearing testimony on sentencing for a South Texas attorney convicted of bribing a lower court judge in exchange for legal favors.
Ray Marchan was being sentenced Thursday in Brownsville.
Marchan in June was convicted on seven counts but the federal judge this week overturned one mail fraud conviction. Marchan faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.
Marchan was the first of a dozen suspects swept up in a four-year investigation of former state District Judge Abel Limas to go to trial. Limas has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
Prosecutors accused Marchan of paying Limas more than $11,000 in 2008 in exchange for favorable decisions. Marchan's defense argued he was just loaning money to a friend.
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