Valley residents travel to Corpus Christi for outcome of Rosenthal trial
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:05:22 GMT —
The latest chapter in Cameron County's cash for court favors scandal is one step away from coming to a close.
Jurors are returning to the federal courthouse in Corpus Christi to start deliberations first thing in the morning.
One group of Brownsville residents say they'll be in the audience to find out the verdict first hand.
"We're here to see justice done," said Brownsville resident Maggie Ozuna.
Ozuna is just one of more than a dozen Rio Grande Valley residents in Corpus Christi to see the end of the Marc Rosenthal trial.
The Austin-based attorney is accused of heading up the cash for court scandal involving former 404th State District Judge Abel Limas in Brownsville.
Like many others, Maggie drove 160 miles from Brownsville to Corpus Christi to see the end of the trial.
"I just wanted to see it through and get closure for Cameron County," Ozuna said.
Prosecutors allege that Rosenthal bribed Limas to rig a multi-million dollar lawsuits, including one involving a fatal Valley AirCare helicopter crash on South Padre Island.
Rosenthal denies the allegations.
Several members of his family were in the courtroom to support him doing closing arguments.
But like Rosenthal's family and many others, Maggie came to the trial to completion.
"I wanted to have a firsthand viewable was really happening in the justice system," Ozuna said.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew granted a change of venue to the trial Moving it to corpus Christi due to widespread publicity surrounding the case in the Valley.
Maggie was there when prosecutors and defense attorneys both gave their closing arguments.
She's been following the trial closely but Says both sides had compelling cases.
"Closing arguments rips me apart a little bit but it is what it is," the Brownsville housewife said.
Maggie said hopes the trial can bring closure to Cameron County.
"It was important for me to be here and the justice system is working," Ozuna said.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.