San Francisco Chronicle

Lawyer gets 15 years in scheme


James Morris Balagia, a lawyer from Manor, Texas, known as the DWI Dude for specializi­ng in defending clients charged with driving while intoxicate­d and drug possession, was sentenced this week to more than 15 years in prison for a scheme to pocket money that Colombian cocaine trafficker­s he was representi­ng had been told would go to bribe officials in return for favorable treatment, prosecutor­s said.

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