Jury selection begins for last lawyer in "cash for court favors" scandal
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:05:31 GMT —
Defense attorneys and prosecutors are trying to find 14 good men and women to decide if an Austin-based attorney broke the law.
Eduardo "Eddie" Lucio is accused for his role in Cameron County's "cash for court favors" scandal.
Lucio is the last of 12 people named in the case to have his day in court.
U.S. District Court Judge moved Lucio's trial to Corpus Christi after the Austin-based attorney requested a change of venue.
A 12-person jury with two alternates is expected to be seated early Tuesday afternoon with opening arguments starting right after.
Lucio is facing racketeering and five other corruption-related charges.
Among other acts, federal prosecutors allege that Lucio got a lucrative case from his former law partner Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos.
A federal jury found Villalobos guilty of referring the family of murder victim Hermila Hernandez to Lucio in a civil lawsuit.
Former 404th State District Court Judge Abel Limas awarded $500,000 bond forfeiture from suspect Amit Livingston.
Prosecutors allege that Lucio gave Villalobos $80,000 dollars from his share of the money.
Limas is expected to be among the witnesses testifying against Lucio.