White-Collar Crime

Former Texas Lawmaker Agrees to Be Disbarred After Guilty Plea to Aiding Judicial Bribery Scheme

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A former Texas lawmaker has agreed to be disbarred after pleading guilty last year in a federal criminal case concerning a judicial bribery scheme.

Jim Solis also continues to cooperate with the ongoing federal criminal case, his lawyer, Sharon E. Conway, told the Brownsville Herald.

“Mr. Solis acknowledges that his conduct that gave rise to the federal matter would result in disbarment, and he entered into the agreed judgment of disbarment because it was the right thing to do,” Conway said in a written statement.

Solis had practiced since 1989, after earning his law degree at Texas Southern University.

As detailed in earlier ABAJournal.com posts, Solis and others have been accused in the Southern District of Texas case of aiding a scheme by former 404th Texas District Judge Abel C. Limas to collect bribes. Limas has pleaded guilty in a racketeering case, and, like Solis, awaits sentencing.

Related coverage re Ray Marchan:

ABAJournal.com: “Stanford Law Grad Is Federally Indicted, Allegedly Paid Texas Judge $11K in Bribes”

Brownsville Herald: “Limas’ attorney calls for sanctions”

Related coverage re Marc Garrett Rosenthal:

ABAJournal.com: “Another Attorney Charged in RICO Case, Accused of Paying Texas Judge for Rulings”

The Monitor: “Rosenthal judge weighs several motions”

Related coverage re Jose Martin “Joe” Valle:

ABAJournal.com: “Texas Lawyer Who Was a ‘Lesser Player’ in Judicial Corruption Case Gets 1 Year in Federal Prison”

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