CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- A prosecutor says an Austin personal injury attorney "called the shots" in a racketeering and corruption scheme that included a state district judge and a state lawmaker.
Opening statements came in federal court in Corpus Christi on Monday in the federal racketeering case against Marc Rosentha. The lawyer has pleaded not guilty to charges in the 13-count indictment.
Prosecutor Michael Wynne told jurors Rosenthal would target companies with "deep pockets." KGBT-TV (http://bit.ly/VNLKYK) of Harlingen reports he said Rosenthal threatened defendants with bad publicity if they didn't agree to large cash settlements.
Defense attorney Paul Kratzig told jurors prosecutors are depending on testimony from former judge Abel Limas and former state representative Jim Solis. Both have pleaded guilty to charges in the case. Kratzig said Limas "was corrupt to the core."