United States v. Frega, et al, 179 F.3d 793 (9th Cir. 1999)

This case involved the rare prosecution by the federal government of three long-time Superior Court judges and a prominent and very successful plaintiff’s lawyer for allegedly having conspired to violate federal RICO, mail fraud and state bribery statutes. The alleged RICO conspiracy conviction was thrown out on appeal.  Mr. Cortez’s client was a former Superior Court Judge.