Friday, April 1, 2011

Justice gets a black eye

A real black eye for the Texas Judiciary.

Former Valley judge admits taking bribes
By Lynn Brezosky - Express-News

BROWNSVILLE — A former state judge pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to charges he spent much of his two terms accepting bribes for favorable treatment, orders and rulings.

Abel Corral Limas entered the plea in a 17-page indictment accusing the Brownsville lawyer of using the 404th Judicial Court as a cash-generating enterprise, accepting hundreds to thousands of dollars for favors such as changing bond terms or ignoring when a defendant violated probation.

He faces up to 10 years to life in prison plus up to a $4 million at his sentencing in July, said John Blaylock, a former prosecutor familiar with the case.

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