Ex-Judge's Plea Deal Rejected In Hurricane Ike Bribe Case

Law360, Chicago (March 19, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT) -- A former Texas county judge withdrew his guilty plea Friday and is again headed toward trial after a federal judge rejected his plea agreement tied to charges that he accepted kickbacks to steer federal funds for Hurricane Ike cleanup work to a co-defendant.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark refused to accept former Liberty County Judge John "Phil" Fitzgerald's plea deal following an in-chambers meeting with the parties' attorneys, derailing the sentencing that had been scheduled for that day and placing the case back on the docket...
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