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  • Ex-District Attorney Requesting to be Released on Bond

    August 14, 2014 12:57 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former Cameron County district attorney Armando Villalobos wants out of prison while he appeals his conviction. Villalobos was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison after being convicted of racketeering and extortion. In a handwritten, nine-page letter to the judge, Villalobos stated he needs to be released... more »
  • Villalobos Loses Law License Play Video

    August 12, 2014 5:20 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos has lost his license to practice law. The State Bar of Texas made their decision to disbar Villalobos after he was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for his role in a corruption scheme involving former state District Judge... more »
  • Cameron County DA Awaits Killer's Extradition Play Video

    June 16, 2014 7:55 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County district attorney is pushing for the speedy extradition of a convicted killer. District Attorney Luis Saenz says murderer Amit Livingston could be extradited from India in six months. Saenz said he is relieved to know Livingston is in custody in India. "He was... more »
  • Judge Denies Bond for Villalobos Play Video

    February 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos will not be released on bond while he appeals his case. Villalobos was convicted of racketeering and extortion in the corruption scandal involving former state district Judge Abel Limas. Villalobos was sentenced to 13 years in prison. A federal... more »
  • Cameron County DA Uses Facebook to Track Fugitive Play Video

    February 12, 2014 7:17 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz says some cases and criminals are hard to forget. Amit Livingston is one of them. Saenz says a photo in his office serves as a daily reminder that the convicted murderer must be brought to justice. The photo features the... more »
  • Murder Victim's Mother Continues Fight for Justice Play Video

    February 12, 2014 7:11 PM

    McALLEN - The mother of a murder victim says corruption got in the way of justice in Cameron County. Hermila Garcia said she still feels ill following her emotional statements Tuesday in a federal court in Brownsville. Garcia spoke during the sentencing hearing for former Cameron County District Attorney... more »
  • Ex-District Attorney Files Appeal after His Sentencing Play Video

    February 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The former Cameron County district attorney turned in a notice of appeal immediately after his sentencing yesterday. A federal judge sentenced Armando Villalobos to 13 years in jail on extortion charges. The paperwork for the appeal was already prepared when Villalobos appeared in court yesterday. He left... more »
  • Murder Victim's Mother Excoriates Villalobos Play Video

    February 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The mother of a murder victim on Tuesday said a corrupt district attorney let her daughter's killer go free. The woman made the statements during former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos' sentencing hearing. The woman said Villalobos let her daughter's murderer go free without bond.... more »
  • Murder Victim's Mother Excoriates Villalobos

    February 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The mother of a murder victim on Tuesday said a corrupt district attorney let her daughter's killer go free. The woman made the statements during former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos' sentencing hearing. The woman said Villalobos let her daughter's murderer go free without bond.... more »
  • Ex-District Attorney Awaiting Sentencing Play Video

    February 11, 2014 12:00 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The former Cameron County district attorney will learn his sentence this afternoon. Armando Villalobos was convicted of racketeering and extortion. Investigators said he solicited and accepted bribes in exchange for reducing criminal charges or dismissing cases altogether. more »
  • Judge to Rule on Villalobos' Request Play Video

    December 16, 2013 4:07 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A federal judge will rule on a petition by former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos to have his conviction dismissed. Villalobos went before the judge Monday in Brownsville. It was his first appearance in court since May, when he was convicted on seven counts of extortion... more »
  • Villalobos Wants Conviction Overturned Play Video

    December 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    BROWNSVILE - The attorney for former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos is trying to get his conviction overturned. Villalobos' defense claims there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of extortion and conspiracy. A jury found the former DA guilty of the charges in May. Prosecutors said he... more »
  • Villalobos Sentencing Postponed Play Video

    October 3, 2013 8:18 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos will wait have to wait longer to find out his sentence. A jury convicted Villalobos on racketeering and extortion charges. His sentencing hearing was set for late October, but his attorneys asked for more time to argue for a shorter... more »
  • Defense Wants to Delay Ex-District Attorney's Sentencing Date Play Video

    September 24, 2013 12:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Attorneys for the former Cameron County district attorney want to delay his sentencing. A jury convicted Armando Villalobos in May of racketeering, extortion and conspiracy. Prosecutors said he bribed a state district judge and accepted bribes from other attorneys. Villallobos is set to be sentenced next... more »
  • Attorney Acquitted in Corruption Case Play Video

    August 13, 2013 8:56 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - A jury has found Attorney Eddie Lucio not guilty on all counts after three hours of deliberation. Lucio, no relation to the lawmakers by the same name, had been accused of five counts of racketeering, bribery and abuse of power. His case stemmed from the former... more »
  • Cameron County District Attorney Implicated in Corruption Case Play Video

    August 8, 2013 7:32 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - Cameron County's new district attorney has been accused of bribery in a corruption scandal involving a former state district judge. The allegations surfaced Thursday during former Attorney Eddie Lucio's corruption trial in Corpus Christi. Lucio is on trial on five counts of bribery and racketeering.... more »
  • Jury Selection Under Way in Corruption Trial Play Video

    August 6, 2013 12:42 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - Jury selection started in Corpus Christi for the trial of an attorney charged with corruption. Eddie Lucio, who is not related to the state lawmakers with the same name, was charged with five federal counts of racketeering, bribery and abuse of power. He's accused of running... more »
  • Jury Selection Set for Attorney in Corruption Scandal Play Video

    August 5, 2013 8:01 PM

    CORPUS CHRISTI - Jury selection will begin Tuesday for the trial of an Austin attorney charged in a corruption case involving Brownsville attorneys and judicial officials. Attorney Eddie Lucio is facing five federal counts of racketeering, bribery and abuse of power. He is accused in the former state District... more »
  • Attorney Granted Change of Venue in Limas Corruption Scandal Play Video

    July 22, 2013 7:44 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A judge granted a change of venue to an attorney implicated in the former district judge Abel Limas corruption case. The judge granted attorney Eddie Lucio's change of venue to Corpus Christi. Lucio is charged with five counts of racketeering, bribery and abuse of power. Lucio... more »
  • Judge Orders Review into Ethics Violations Play Video

    May 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A federal judge ordered authorities to report any ethics violations that might have surfaced during the trial of former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos. Prosecutors presented evidence that attorneys bribed Villalobos when he was the county's top prosecutor. The judge wants that evidence turned over... more »
  • Judge Orders Violations Revealed in Trial be Reported to State Bar Play Video

    May 30, 2013 12:54 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A federal judge is ordering authorities to report ethical violations that came to light during the Armando Villalobos trial. Villalobos, the former Cameron County district attorney, was convicted on seven counts of extortion and racketeering. He faces up to 140 years in prison. During his trial,... more »
  • Villalobos' Conviction Raises Questions about Other Cases Play Video

    May 28, 2013 7:34 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The conviction of Cameron County's former District Attorney Armando Villalobos on corruption charges has called into question cases handled during his time in office. Federal authorities launched an investigation into corruption at the DA's office after the sentencing of convicted murderer Amit Livingston. Livingston confessed to... more »
  • Jury Delivers Verdict for Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos Play Video

    May 24, 2013 11:17 PM

    BROWNSVILLE- Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos was found guilty on seven of the nine charges against him. The jury deliberated for eight hours befor coming up with the verdict. Villalobos faces up to 20 years of prison time with each of the seven counts against him. ... more »
  • Ex-Cameron County District Attorney Takes the Stand Play Video

    May 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The former Cameron County district attorney testified in federal court today. Armando Villalobos is charged with several counts of bribery and racketeering. He said he was only doing his job and helping his family. He's accused of bribing former judge Abel Limas and abusing his power as... more »
  • Prosecutors Rest Their Case in Corruption Trial Play Video

    May 22, 2013 12:46 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Federal prosecutors rested their case in the corruption trial of the former Cameron County district attorney. Armando Villalobos is charged with several counts of racketeering and bribery. The charges are in connection to an FBI investigation into legal corruption involving former district judge Abel Limas. Defense... more »
  • Former Judge Testifies in Corruption Case Play Video

    May 14, 2013 4:29 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Former state District Judge Abel Limas finished a second day of testimony in the trial against former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos. Villalobos is being tried on charges of racketeering and bribery. Limas on Tuesday drew fire from defense attorneys. They asked the former judge... more »
  • Testimony Continues in Villalobos' Corruption Trial Play Video

    May 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cross examination is underway in the corruption case against former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos. He's charged with several counts of racketeering and extortion. Opening arguments were given this morning, and the first witnesses took the stand. Prosecutors claim Villalobos abused his office through bribery,... more »
  • Testimony Begins in ex-District Attorney's Trial Play Video

    May 13, 2013 1:02 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Testimony started in the corruption case against ex-Cameron County district attorney Armando Villalobos. He's charged with several counts of racketeering and extortion. Opening arguments were given this morning, and the first witnesses took the stand. Prosecutors claim Villalobos abused his office through bribery, extortion and favoritism.... more »
  • Jury Selected for Villalobos Trial

    May 10, 2013 7:21 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Testimony will get underway Monday in the corruption trial against former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos. Villalobos is charged with several counts of racketeering and extortion. Prosecutors said he abused his office through bribery, extortion and favoritism. Villalobos maintains his innocence. Twelve jurors and... more »
  • Jury Selection Begins in Former District Attorney's Trial Play Video

    May 1, 2013 12:58 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Jury selection is under way in the bribery and racketeering case involving former Cameron County district attorney Armando Villalobos. More than 100 prospective jurors are filling out questionnaires today. Attorneys will pick a jury for the trial, which is expected to last 10 days. Two years... more »
  • Cameron County DA Not Dwelling on the Past

    February 6, 2013 8:32 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County's new district attorney said he likely will not reopen cases dismissed during his predecessor's tenure. Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos is under federal indictment. Villalobos was charged with seven counts of extortion, three counts of honest services fraud, one count of violating the... more »
  • Cameron County DA Asks for Another Delay in His Trial

    July 12, 2012 12:23 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos has requested another delay in his federal trial for corruption. Villalobos was indicted on May 7 on 10 counts of extortion and honest services fraud. He is accused of allowing a convicted murderer out of prison on bail and getting a... more »
  • Villalobos Wants Charges Dropped

    June 19, 2012 1:13 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos on Friday filed a petition to have charges against him dropped. The criminal case against Armando Villalobos stems from former state District Judge Abel Limas' corruption case. Villalobos is facing charges of running a criminal enterprise, bribery, extortion, racketeering, honest... more »
  • Visiting Judge Suggests Cameron County DA Temporarily Steps Down

    May 30, 2012 1:02 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A state judge dismissed a citizen's attempt to remove the Cameron County district attorney from his post. But Visiting Senior Judge J. Manuel Banales did suggest Armando Villalobos step down temporarily. A Texas law allows residents to submit a petition to a district court seeking an elected... more »
  • Decision on Petition to Remove DA Set for May 30

    May 18, 2012 4:44 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A judge will make a decision later this month on the petition to remove the Cameron County District Attorney from his post. Attorneys argued why Armando Villalobos should be removed from his post. Villalobos was indicted earlier this month for allegedly getting more than $100,000 in bribes... more »
  • Judge To Rule in Petition Requesting DA's Removal

    May 18, 2012 7:53 AM

    BROWNSVILLE - A visiting judge will decide if the indicted Cameron County district attorney will have to resign. A hearing is set for today in the Armando Villalobos case. Prosecutors say he sold out his office for favorable rulings. Villalobos denies any wrongdoing and is refusing to step down... more »
  • Prosecutors from Western District Will Be Assigned to Cameron County DA Case

    May 14, 2012 1:02 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - All but one prosecutor in the U.S. Southern District of Texas has been recused from prosecuting the case against the Cameron County district attorney. Armando Villalobos is facing a long list of racketeering, bribery and conspiracy charges. He's the latest person indicted in the Abel Limas corruption... more »
  • Cameron County DA Named in 12-Count Indictment

    May 7, 2012 5:50 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Cameron County district attorney has been named in a 12-count federal indictment. The criminal case against Armando Villalobos stems from the Abel Limas corruption case. Limas is a former state district judge accused of accepting bribes. Villalobos is facing charges of running a criminal enterprise,... more »
  • Cameron County DA Indicted

    May 7, 2012 12:22 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos and his former law partner have been indicted in connection with the Abel Limas bribery scheme. Limas is a former state district judge accused of accepting bribes. A grand jury indicted the two earlier today. Villalobos is now in the custody... more »

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