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Austin attorney to be sentenced for racketeering

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An Austin personal injury attorney is scheduled to be sentenced on federal racketeering charges in Brownsville, the latest for a string of convictions tied to a judicial bribery investigation.

Court records indicate Austin lawyer Marc Rosenthal was expected to be sentenced Monday afternoon. A jury in Corpus Christi convicted Rosenthal on 13 counts including racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and tampering with a proceeding in February at the conclusion of a four-week trial.

Prosecutors alleged Rosenthal was one of the lawyers who bribed former state District Judge Abel Limas for favorable decisions. The judge also had an agreement to go work for Rosenthal's firm after leaving the bench.

Rosenthal was arrested in 2011. He was among a dozen people, mostly lawyers, snagged in the investigation, which had Limas at its center.

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