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"I felt humiliated, mocked," Garcia said in Spanish recently at her home in San Juan. "Why did they mock us? Why? (Villalobos) is a cynic."

When Garcia heard Limas had pleaded guilty to racketeering last year, she and another daughter went to the FBI office in Brownsville. They had complained to the FBI in McAllen in 2007 after Livingston disappeared, but didn’t have any proof.

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At the Brownsville office last year, the agent who greeted them said, "We’ve been waiting awhile for you, Mrs. Garcia."

Moises Salas Jr., president of the Cameron County Bar Association, said repairing the system’s image will take years.

"Down here, I think the perception has always been that the lawyers are crooked, the judges are crooked and they’re all kind of watching each other’s back, you know greasing the skids for each other," Salas said. "And this comes out and I think for the general public, I hear people saying, ‘Well, that just confirms what we always believed.’"

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