Texas Man Gets 20 Years For Plot To Murder Tax Trial Judge

Law360, New York (March 18, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT) -- A Texas man will serve 20 years in prison for trying to hire a hitman to murder the federal judge presiding over his tax fraud trial, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Monday.

Phillip Monroe Ballard, 72, was convicted in December after a two-day trial and less than an hour of jury deliberation, the bureau said in a statement. He allegedly spent a week in 2012 looking for someone to kill a U.S. district judge in the Northern District of Texas.

“The jury heard from four government...
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