Valley Judge Charged in Bribery Investigation Subject to Suspension

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WESLACO – The recent arrest of a Rio Grande Valley judge means his position as a district court judge could be on the line in the coming weeks.

Hidalgo County 93rd District Court Judge Rodolfo Delgado was taken into custody last week and accused of bribery on Monday.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has authority to consider a possible suspension.

Under the state Constitution, a judge “may be suspended from office with or without pay by the commission immediately on being indicted by a state or federal grand jury for a felony offense or charged with a misdemeanor involving official misconduct.”

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the SCJC. The agency’s executive director tells us they haven’t taken any action at this time because, as mentioned above, Delgado has not yet been indicted.

An indictment is separate from his arrest and his arraignment.

However, it’s still expected in the days to come. We’ve learned under the Federal Speedy Trial Act, an indictment must be filed within 30 days of an arrest of summons.

We also learned the SCJC suspended Delgado in 2005. At that time, he faced charges of evading arrest from a police officer.

Those charges were dismissed.

Delgado’s suspension was lifted nearly two and a half years after it was originally enforced.

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