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District judge claims longtime local lawyer threatened him
District judge claims longtime local lawyer threatened him
District judge claims longtime local lawyer threatened him

District judge claims longtime local lawyer threatened him Lawyer filed suit against DA

The gossip was already starting to circulate around the Hidalgo County Courthouse last week that longtime local attorney Marco “Mark” A. Cantu could be in a world of hurt if the allegations against him proved to be true. Apparently, one of the state District Court judges, Mario Ramirez, was claiming that Cantu had threatened him, and the Texas Rangers were being called in to investigate the matter. Turns out, the gossip (chisme) had some substance to it. RGV Freelance News Reporter Dave Hendricks broke the story Monday via Twitter, which included the probable cause affidavit that ultimately led to Cantu’s arrest last Friday. The legal beagle was charged with improper influence and coercion of a public servant. Cantu was set free after posting two $1,000 cash surety bonds. Cantu is well-known around the county courthouse, having practiced in south Texas for more than 30 years. He’s also been disciplined/suspended by the Texas State Bar multiple times. He was disbarred in 2016, but won a favorable ruling in the 13th District Court of Appeals. The Texas Supreme Court overturned the 13th’s ruling and sent it back to the lower court where the case currently resides. The initial disbarment in 2016 was based on Cantu’s alleged conduct tied to personal bankruptcy cases. Today, he still practices personal injury litigation from his McAllen-based office, Mark A. Cantu PC. He was unavailable for comment concerning this story. According to the probable cause affidavit attested to by a Texas Ranger earlier this month, Judge Ramirez of the 332nd state District Court said that Cantu had left a voicemail at his office in early October (2019) that he described as “threatening.” Ramirez told the Ranger that he also considered Cantu’s voicemail to be a “threat, coercion, or blackmail.” The Texas Ranger listened to the voicemail and transcribed it as follows: “Yea Tootsie and Judge Ramirez, this is Mark Cantu. You better call me back at (number redacted) because I’m going to call the FBI and tell the FBI what the hell you are doing as the Presiding Judge of the 332nd getting involved with helping your friend Carlos Guerra and Michael Moore. You better call me, and you better straighten it out, and if I were you, I would not sign any orders, and if you signed some orders, I would resend them immediately. Thank you.” Click. According to Judge Ramirez, Cantu had filed several similar civil lawsuits against Hidalgo County District Attorney ...

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