Former South Texas Judge to be Sentenced 8/21/13
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A former South Texas judge who pleaded guilty to
racketeering for turning his courtroom into a money-making operation is to be
sentenced in Brownsville.
Former state district Judge Abel Limas entered his plea in 2011 and went on
to testify for prosecutors in four trials of others charged in the wide-ranging
Limas faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison but is expected to get
less in exchange for his cooperation.
Limas drew the FBI's attention in late 2007 as he was nearing the end of his
second term in office. Investigators collected some 40,000 phone calls, as well
as surveillance photos documenting how Limas had converted his courtroom into a
criminal enterprise collecting bribes and kickbacks totaling $257,000.