Another attorney pleads guilty in Abel Limas corruption case

A Brownsville-based attorney is out on bond after pleading guilty to his role in a corruption scandal involving former 404th State District Judge Abel Limas.

Jose Martin Joe Valle appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville on Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities filed a criminal information for the 54-year-old attorney early Wednesday morning.

Valle, whose law office is in Brownsville, admitted to paying former Judge Limas $3,000 dollars for a favorable ruling in an August 2008 lawsuit.

Court records show that Valle is the third attorney to be charged and plead guilty in connection to the Limas corruption scandal.

Defense Attorney

Defense attorney Eric Reed told Action 4 News that his client is out on an unsecured bond and has a November 14th sentencing date.

All I can say is Joe Valle is a decent, humble man with a remarkable life story, Reed said in a telephone interview. He did wrong and today accepted responsibility for those actions. He is working to restore the faith of his family and members of the community.

Life Story

Reed said Valle was born and raised in Mercedes but now lives in Harlingen.

The defense attorney said Valle was a migrant farm worker who picked crops in Minnesota and North Dakota but later earned a football scholarship to North Dakota State University.

Reed said Valle won the title of state boxing champion in Brownsville and worked his way through law school.

Texas State Bar records show that Valle graduated with a law degree from Texas Southern University and received his law license in November 1988.

Court records have linked an Austin Marc Rosenthal to the Limas corruption scandal but he has not been publicly named or charged in the case.

Suspect Role Charged Guilty Plea Sentencing Abel Limas Judge March 29th March 31st October 3rd Jose Manuel Longoria Middleman March 30th N/A N/A Jose Santiago Solis Attorney April 29th April 29th October 12th Ray Roman Marchan Attorney June 21st N/A N/A Francisco Cisneros Bondsman June 21st August 8th November 14th Armando Pea Probationer June 21st July 19th October 24th Karina Pea Wife June 21st July 26th October 31st Joe Valle Attorney August 10th August 10th November 14th