Thursday, January 24, 2013

 
US ATTORNEY IN TROUBLE
OVER LIMAS TESTIMONY

Abel Limas screwed the US attorney during his testimony last week in the Rosenthal case.

From the Herald:

"Limas now has been called to the stand. He testified that Rosenthal had wanted him to pay $10,000 to Brownsville City Manager Charlie Cabler and to the city's civil service officer Carlos Ayala to ensure that then-police officer Jimmy Manrrique passed an exam that he wanted to take for a lieutenant position.

Limas said that being lieutenant would have facilitated the rise to police chief.

Limas testified that Rosenthal told him that Manrrique would be going to Limas' office.
"Jimmy showed up and told me exactly what he wanted also," Limas testified, adding, however, that he doesn't know if Manrrique knew about the $10,000.

Limas testified that he did not offer the $10,000 to anyone, however. "It was wrong," Limas testified when asked why not."

Defense counsel for Villalobos, Lucio or Rosenthal should be allowed to take Abel Limas on voir dire prior to the prosecution being allowed to question him.  To discredit Limas before the jury should be an easy task.

Defense counsel will be allowed to establish the deal Limas made with the US Attorney.  They will then establish the crimes Limas has plead guilty to.

This is then the kicker - "Now Mr. Limas, after just admitting to corrupting the judicial process for your own benefit you expect the jury to believe the following testimony you provided during a preliminary hearing in the Rosenthal case."

"Limas testified that he did not offer the $10,000 to anyone, however. "It was wrong," Limas testified when asked why not."

At this point no competent jury will even consider Limas testimony.  In fact it would be reckless to even proceed with Limas testimony at that time - it will only make the US Attorney seem desperate.

It is  time the US Attorney cut its losses, and simply move for sentencing of Limas after withdrawing the deal.  By Limas own conduct he has made his testimony worthless for the prosecution.





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