Uresti Verdict: Jurors found Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) guilty of all 11 felony counts including wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with a bankrupt frac-sand company and its executives. A co-defendant was also found guilty. He has maintained his innocence throughout and is expected to appeal the verdict.
U.S. District Judge David Ezra is expected to sentence Uresti and Cain in late June. Uresti also faces a May criminal trial on unrelated felony charges of bribery and money laundering. The State Bar of Texas may also seek to suspend Uresti’s law license.
Uresti is not up for re-election until 2020 and has no plans to resign despite a statement from the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus calling on him to step down. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) relieved Uresti of his committee assignments. State law permits Uresti to continue to serve until final disposition of his conviction.
Early Voting for the March 6 primary election continues until March 2. Consistent with recent history, Wednesday’s (Day Two) turnout was significantly lower than Day One, at least among the 15 counties with the most registered voters.
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