Judge says no cap on damages owed by former Houston ISD trustee

Jan 25, 2017 by

A federal judge has ruled there will be no cap on damages owed by former Houston Independent School District Trustee Larry Marshall in a civil bribery and corruption case involving construction contracts.

Marshall had argued, in a post-verdict pleading, that his liability should not exceed $100,000 according to the Texas Education Code. However, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison said in a ruling last week, that Marshall was not acting within the scope of his position when he took bribes for contracts.

Under a civil lawsuit filed in federal court, a jury last fall found Marshall and other defendants liable for illegally interfering in business contracts and violating the law that prohibits racketeering and corruption. The jury also ordered that damages be paid.

Ellison indicated in the recent ruling that the Gil Ramirez Group, the company that sued Marshall, was entitled to damages. However, in the ruling last week he said the company must decide whether to seek those damages under the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act or under simpler laws.

No criminal charges have been filed.

Source: Judge says no cap on damages owed by former Houston ISD trustee – Houston Chronicle

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