- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - An ex-law firm operator and former prominent Texas Democratic Party donor has won a new trial on a charge of falsely claiming to be a peace officer.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (https://bit.ly/1Ja1AWa ) reports a judge overturned the misdemeanor conviction of Mauricio Celis (seh-LEES’), saying attorneys did not properly defend him.

Celis on Thursday said he’s relieved by the decision. Prosecutors didn’t immediately comment.

The charge involves a 2007 case in which a nude woman left the Celis home. Prosecutors have said Celis flashed a badge to police, even though his reserve deputy commission for Duval County was suspended.

Celis appealed his 2010 conviction, which included a suspended jail term and probation.

Celis, in another case, was convicted in 2009 of impersonating a lawyer and sentenced to 10 years of probation.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, https://www.caller.com

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