Former judge now working construction job following bribery scandal
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 23:12:01 GMT —
An embattled former judge's emotional testimony stole the spotlight during the trial for an attorney accused in the cash for court favors scandal.
Attorney Eduardo "Eddie" Lucio is on trial for racketeering and other corruption-related charges, but a judge testifying against him stole the spotlight.
Testimony in Lucio's trial continued with former 404th State District Court Judge Abel Limas taking the stand.
Limas, who is awaiting sentencing for his role in the bribery scheme, was a star witness for prosecutors.
Prosecutors alleged that attorney Eduardo Lucio bribed Limas to get favorable rulings in lawsuits.
Limas testified that he spent the bribe money on bills and a trip to see a boxing match in Las Vegas.
Prosecutors played back recorded cell phone conversations between Limas and others for jurors.
Among the calls, one where it was revealed his bribe money was delivered in a McDonald's bag.
The recorded calls also revealing that Limas and others spoke with each on the phone using the "golden rule".
That rule: To assume that they're being recorded at all times.
The former judge got emotional on the stand almost to the point of choking back tears.
All of it after telling jurors that he's getting credit for his testimony, but still expects to be sent to prison.
Limas said he violated his oath of office bringing hardship to his family.
The former judge made a six-digit salary per year, but testified he's now working 10 to 12 hours a day in construction.
Testimony in the trial is expected to last through next Wednesday.