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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 2:16 pm

Attorney Marc Rosenthal was found guilty of all 13 counts against him charging him with corruption-related offenses.

The jury deliberated about five hours, including the lunch hour.

The possible sentence for each of the 13 counts is up to 20 years in prison. Rosenthal presently is out on $500,000 million bond. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered that Rosenthal be held in custody.

His sentencing has been scheduled for June 3.

Rosenthal was convicted of conspiring to bribe former 404th District Judge Abel Limas for favorable court rulings, bribing witnesses, filing false personal injury cases, directing others to pay people including funeral home directors and a public employee to refer cases to him, arranging to manipulate case assignments at the Cameron County District Clerk’s Office, and paying witnesses for false testimony and statements.

Federal prosecutors said the evidence showed that ex-state Rep. Jim Solis, Limas and others acted on Rosenthal’s instructions.

Rosenthal’s law firm Rosenthal & Watson also is named a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations enterprise in the indictment returned by a federal grand jury in August 2011.

Defense attorneys contend that Rosenthal had been kept out of the loop about the actions of others.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking the forfeiture of at least $5.95 million from Rosenthal.

The trial lasted nearly four weeks in federal court in Corpus Christi. It was moved out of the Valley at request of defense attorneys.

For more on this developing story read Friday's Valley Morning Star.

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