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Stanford Law Grad Is Federally Indicted, Allegedly Paid Texas Judge $11K in Bribes

Posted Jun 22, 2011 3:44 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A graduate of Stanford Law School has been federally indicted for allegedly bribing a former Texas district court judge.

Attorney Ray Marchan, 54, is accused of paying more than $11,000 in bribes in 2008 to the now-former judge, Abel Limas, of the 404th judicial district, according to Associated Press and the Monitor.

Limas pleaded guilty earlier this year in a federal racketeering case in which he was accused of operating his courtroom as an income-producing enterprise. He has not yet been sentenced.

Marchan allegedly paid Limas $5,000 to dismiss another attorney's motion for sanctions and twice allegedly gave the judge money in order to be appointed as an attorney ad litem in civil matters.

He pleaded not guilty today in federal court in Brownsville and was given a $100,000 unsecured bond.

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