Ex-Houston School Board Member Must Pay up to $2.1M Penalty

A federal judge has determined a former longtime Houston school trustee is liable for as much as $2.1 million in civil damages for participating in a scheme that withheld school contracts unless bribes were paid.

The Houston Chronicle reports U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison on Thursday determined the amount of liability against Larry Marshall and other defendants.

The case involved a contractor who said he lost lucrative school business because he refused to pay kickbacks.

A civil jury in November determined that Marshall and others violated a civil racketeering law.

Marshall was one of the longest-serving members of the Houston school board and had worked to integrate the nation's seventh-largest district.

Defense lawyers said previously that they intend to appeal the jury verdict.

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