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A former Texas state district judge, was convicted and sentenced to five years in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release Wednesday after he was found guilty earlier this year to assume the money is hidden in the so-called six-packs of beer, and any other kind of benefit from thousands of dollars to a criminal defense lawyer whose cases he was overseeing.
A former Hidalgo County District Judge Rudy Delgado, who is 66, was first arrested in February of 2018 and beyond, after a two-year probe by the FBI, it turned out that Delgado was in a relationship with another lawyer, from 2008 to 2016, and accepted thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for favorable judicial outcomes in criminal cases and that he was supervising, according to the U.s. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.
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On three separate occasions, Delgado agreed to the release to clients of the attorney, Noe Perez out of jail prior to the trial in exchange for money. Prosecutors said that the first of the two bribes, totaling about $520 in cash, and the third-a bribe was around $5,500.
Perez, along with FBI agents and admitted that he had bought fire wood from Delgado, at inflated prices, and on one occasion, he gave to the court in a pick-up truck, valued at about $15,000 because of Delgado asked for, and Perez wanted to establish “credit” with the judge in court, the Brownsville Herald reported.
Delgado was convicted by a federal jury on 11 of July of conspiracy, federal program bribery, travel act, anti-bribery, and obstruction of justice. Obstruction of justice is responsible, as the result of a text-Delgado sent it to Perez, after he learned of the FBI probe. The message is Delgado trying to pass off the bribes as campaign contributions.
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“The bribery of a judge, and it may be the worst of the break up of the public’s trust and confidence in the government,” the Attorney of the s. S., Ryan, and Patrick said at the time. “Rudy Delgado of his position to enrich himself. He didn’t just tip the scales of justice, and he was knocked out of him by a bunch of money, and don’t look back. Delgado’s actions is dishonest to attack all of his former co-workers.”
In addition to the supervised release upon the completion of his sentence, Delgado will have to take part in an alcohol treatment program and the mental health system, as well as the payment of the $800 special assessment.