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The San Antonio legal community is reeling after news prominent attorney Jimmy Parks Jr. unexpectedly died Sunday.
The accomplished defense lawyer was also a doting husband, father
and grandfather. Married to his high-school sweetheart 43 years,
friends say there was nothing more important to Parks than his family.
His two children say he was a generous man who led by example.
Grandchildren remember him as a devoted fan, who never missed a game.
At 61, Parks showed no sign of slowing down. Just last week
Thursday, he announced his intent to run for Congress. Family members
say it was just another way the man who lived by the "Golden Rule"
planned to give back to the community he loved.
The medical examiner determined Parks died from a heart condition known as dialated cardio myopathy.
A viewing for Parks will take place Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. at
Porter Loring North Chapel on Loop 1604. Services will follow Saturday
at 11 a.m. at the Community Bible Church's main sanctuary, also on Loop
Monday, February 20 2012, 08:59 PM CST
Appeals court vacates West Texas corruption ruling
June 19, 2013 20:10 GMT
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling by a West Texas judge that resulted in a six-year prison sentence for a man accused of fraud.
The federal panel determined in a filing Tuesday that the judge interfered with plea negotiations involving Adrian Pena. The El Paso contractor pleaded guilty in December 2010 to fraud for his participation in a scheme to bribe officials to win county contracts.
The appeals court says federal Judge Frank Montalvo's condition that a separate civil case involving Pena be resolved before he accepted the plea induced Pena to cooperate with the government in the investigation and plead guilty, rather than continue bargaining.
The ruling orders the guilty plea and six-year prison sentence vacated and requires further proceedings be handled by a different judge.
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