Personal Injury Lawyer Jailed After Bribing a Judge

Jose Santiago “Jim” Solis, a 47-year old former Texas state attorney has pleaded guilty in aiding extortion by a public official.

Solis had paid State District Judge Abel Limas $8,000 for favorable judicial rulings in a personal injury case involving a helicopter crash.  The case, which was settled for $14 million dollars, ensured Solis, Limas and a few others received a hefty cut.

Limas pleaded guilty last month to one count of racketeering and is expected to start his sentence on July 15th.  Solis has been freed on a $50,000 bond and has agreed to forfeit $250,000 to the federal government.  His attorney Mosbacker has told him to not speak to the media regarding the case and adds, “He made a mistake and acknowledged it and he’s going to follow through and do what’s right.”

After a decade-plus political career, Solis served as a personal injury lawyer in Harlingen, operating out of a two-story building with his law firm.  His guilty plea may bar him from practicing law.

According to authorities, Limas and Solis are just the tip of the iceberg.  More arrests are expected soon…

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Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing personal injury law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1981.