Texas Judge, Abel Corral Limas, Pleads Guilty to $250K Bribery Scheme

Although I can not tell if this judge specifically handled foreclosures, the indictment references that his jurisdiction included criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil cases involving large monetary sums and other matters…

Regardless if he handled foreclosure cases, it just goes to show there is corruption everywhere and it’s all about the money…

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Texas Judge Pleads Guilty to $250K Bribery Scheme

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CN) – A former state judge faces a maximum of 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to trading favorable rulings in criminal cases for more than a quarter of a million dollars in bribes.

Abel Corral Limas, former elected judge of the 404th Cameron County Judicial District Court in Brownsville, pleaded guilty on March 31 before a federal judge to a one-count criminal indictment that charged him with racketeering.

A federal grand jury in Brownsville returned Limas’ indictment under seal on March 29, and it was unsealed upon Limas’ March 31 appearance. At Limas’ request, however, the court resealed the charges that afternoon for another two weeks while prosecutors hammered out the former judge’s plea deal.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen unsealed Limas’ indictment, plea agreement and a factual summary of his case Thursday.

Limas, 56, currently practices law in Brownsville. He served two terms as a state district judge from January 2001 to December 2008.

At his March 31 appearance Limas admitted to using his state-elected office to receiving more than $257,300 between August 2007 and January 2009 in a bribery and racketeering enterprise.

“He accepted money from criminal defendants and intermediaries in return for favorable judicial rulings in criminal cases, including terminations of probationary terms and modification of probationary terms and bond terms,” U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno said in a statement. “He also accepted money and other consideration from attorneys in civil cases pending in his court in return for favorable pre-trial rulings in certain cases.”

In addition to the possible prison term, Limas faces up to five years of probation and a fine of up to twice the amount of gross proceeds he obtained through the bribery and extortion, when he is sentenced on July 5.

Prosecutors say authorities have also arrested Limas’ “middle man,” Jose Longoria, 52, a Mexican national currently residing in San Benito, Texas.

Longoria was charged on March 31 with wire fraud arising from the bribery, an honest-services crime that carries a 20-year sentence and a $250,000 maximum fine.

Indictment and Plea Deal below…

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4closureFraud.org

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United States of America vs. Abel Corral Limas Indictment

United States of America vs. Abel Corral Limas Plea Agreement

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7 Responses to “Texas Judge, Abel Corral Limas, Pleads Guilty to $250K Bribery Scheme”
  1. LVLawman says:

    Well at least the Feds are prosecuting this case. In most cases they don’t but rarely do to make an EXAMPLE out of someone not in political favour. I would be the criminal cases this defendant was “fixing” were many drug related ones. That pissed the Feds off.

    As a former US Special Agent (Treasury) every public corruption or criminality by a politician was run out of Washington and gets classified as a “sensitive case”. This means you have to file a detailed update EVERY week with Justice in Washington to the political handlers can keep tabs on it. When you get too close to someone who is IN and they don’t want arrested or prosecuted the send down an order transfering the case to the National Office for “investigative coordination and support services”. Then it is no you case anylonger and nothing is heard a about it again.

    In 1960 the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell was an extremely Democratic Congressman from Harlem, NYC. He constantly railed against candidate Kennedy. At the same time my office had developed an iron clad tax evasion case againt the congressman. I’ve been told that in return for the congressman’s support and shutting up for the rest of the election cycle the case would be burried. It was taken away from the agents in the Manhattan field office and ordered transferred to the National Office and never heard from again.

    An I consider myself a progressive Democrat. You had to see what the Nixon administration and his Att’y General did during their years in power. Watergate was just the introductory chapter.

  2. Officer of the Law says:

    This judge forgot that all of the bribes for fixing criminal cases are supposed to go to the prosecutors. Judges are only allowed to collect bribes in non-criminal cases like foreclosures, child custody, etc.

  3. Fury says:

    not really to do with texas, but could this be the BofA doc drop that we have been waiting
    for?

    OperationLeakS Anonymous

    Who’s ready for 4/20 4:20?

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  4. Ann Dell says:

    Please help where would we go to report an investigation of a Federal Judge in California who is suspect of taking bribary from a wealthy billionaire client ?

  5. Katheryn says:

    This is not an isolated case and shows that money is the prevailing factor in everything everywhere. Lying and the taking of an oath is nothing more than part of the circus entertainment. There is no justice and what it amounts to is that there really is no justice just the pretense and the show. It would seem that we should even the scale and do away with laws and revert back to the wild wild west days. At least that would give the average person half a chance. How sad it is. More and more doctors are being found guilty of fradulent billing, lawyers and judges take brides, the banksters rob, cheat and steal while all the hardworking people carry the brunt of it all and wonder what the hell happened?????

  6. one sound says:

    Please go look it up and remember all JUDGES have no more authority than a notary republic

    That is what they are notary republic an agent for the state, presenter, witness, opener, presenting the case that is it

    They lawfully cannot speak in matters regarding juries or, law in the court room and they really should not be in there at all!

    They do because the people do not know this

    Also all JUDGES making un-lawfull rulings are part of CLUB FED

    HERE IS A CLIP TO HELP YOU GRASP the leval of crimnal activity they gos on here !
    Sent with the intent of love for all humanity and living creations

    http://www.realecontv.com/page/1503.html

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