Client wants fees back after lawyer admits guilt

June 15, 2011 1:06:48 PM PDT
A client of a South Texas lawyer who pleaded guilty to helping in a judge's extortion scheme wants to recoup millions in attorney fees. Alicia Sanchez is suing Jose Santiago "Jim" Solis and another lawyer on the case, seeking nearly $5.3 million in attorney fees. The Sanchez family filed its lawsuit June 9 in Travis County.

Solis, a former state lawmaker, pleaded guilty in April to aiding and abetting the extortion scheme of former state district Judge Abel C. Limas, who pleaded guilty to racketeering in March.

Sanchez's husband died in a 2008 helicopter crash. The case was settled the next year for $14 million.

Federal court records show that Limas, Solis and others laid out a plan to give Limas 10 percent of the attorney fees from the settlement.

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